National Veterans Foundation Founder and President Shad Meshad was interviewed by Jude Angelini on Shade 45 SiriusXM Radio on March 1 about the readjustment challenges many Veterans face.
The interview deals with the readjustment challenges Veterans deal with when they return home from war and the military, including PTSD, military sexual trauma, Veteran suicide and the services the National Veterans Foundation provides to assist Veterans with these issues.
Listen to the interview:
The National Veterans Foundation’s mission is about helping Veterans successfully transition from military to civilian life. For about 60% of Veterans this process goes very smoothly. But for the other 40%, that transition is a challenge. For some Veterans, that transition can last many years.
For Veterans who suffer from PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury and other visible and invisible wounds of war, they need support. And that’s what the NVF provides.
As a clinical therapist who started treating combat soldiers in Vietnam, before PTSD was even called PTSD, Shad has spent most of his life treating and advocating for Veterans, both men and women, especially that 40% who need support in their transition.
When a multiple tour combat Vet comes home, he often finds himself dropped back into civilian life with no structure, no mission and with either no support, or the support of friends and family who don’t understand what he’s been through and what he needs to readjust. For many combat Veterans, this leads to isolation, self medication with drugs and alcohol, depression and suicide.
20 Veterans a day are committing suicide in America. This number far exceeds that of the civilian population. It’s an epidemic of suicide. And the National Veterans Foundation is committed to getting these Veterans the support, counseling, benefits and resources they need to put their lives on a path away from suicide and to a successful reintegration back to civilian life.
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