In elementary school, I remember learning about war, veterans, military personnel, and politics. I understood the concepts, but did not understand the impact to each person. Some people serve this country and return unaffected while others return with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD sufferers cannot help their disorder, but are often denied employment because of it.
Veterans are volunteers — although many were drafted against their will in the 60s — armed forces professionals who protected this country in time of peace and war. Regardless of the hardships facing their livelihood, veterans sacrifice love, family, friends, and even life to serve their country.
Should they not receive the utmost respect and care?
The sad part is, many U.S. citizens are unaware of the affected individuals because mass media has not properly addressed the issue. For example, only 44% (137,000 of 247,000) PTSD diagnosed veterans receive the appropriate care (RunForVeterans.com, 2014). Even worse, an average of 22 veterans committed suicide each day in 2010.
How can we not treat well those who protect us? It starts with awareness.
Volunteers like founder of RunForVeterans.com, Pauline Ozols, truly cares about the veterans. As a veteran recruiter she learned about the plethora of mental issues facing them today. In attempt to heighten community awareness and involvement, this organization plans on launching community and township 5K run/walk events.
The organization aims to donate all net proceeds from each race to non-profit organizations dealing in the advancement and treatment of veteran mental health issues. From over 26,000 sexual assault cases, hundreds of suicides, broken families, broken laws, and a variety of other issues, RunForVeterans.com hopes to provide awareness and funding to alleviate issues in the future.
RunForVeterans.com Launch Event
Sure to be a memorable experience for the city of Burr Ridge, IL, RunForVeterans.com is launching its premier 5k walk/run in July of 2015. If you would like to volunteer for this event, visit this website to register.
The first run will benefit Volunteers of America (VOA). This organization has served veterans since 1896, which employs over 16,000 professionals dedicated to rebuilding the lives of tattered veterans. Affecting more than 2 million people all over the U.S., VOA provides human services including dozens of programs.
It is time the U.S. recognizes the problem to prevent present and future issues with our brave service men and women.
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RunForVeterans.com (2014). About Us. Retrieved from http://runforveterans.com/aboutus/