Doug Deason • almost 8 years ago
Random Acts of Kindness
As a Disabled American Veteran, who has faced many adversities over the past 26 years with various entities (government offices) within the VA system, I know how difficult, stressful and time consuming it can be to obtain certain benefits such as medical, education, counseling, PT, etc., to meet the individual needs of the veteran and/or, their families. It took me 13 years to recieve my own service connected disability benefits, the first time around. The way I give back, is by random acts of kindness, to listen to, and assist others who are struggling with not understanding the VA system. I will introduce myself to a veteran(s) or their family member at the VA hospital or the clinic that I am visiting for my own needs, and ask them if I can help in any way. Most just need encouragement and direction. Many times, they just need the information to take the right path for their own personal needs. I want to challenge all other veterans who have delt with the VA system for years and have been successful at achieving their goal(s) which have met their own needs, to please help other struggling veterans do the same. Please approach the veteran(s) and/or, their families, who appear lost or desperate and give them as much encouragement and direction as possible. This can be a matter of life and death for some of our military family members. Realize also, that many coming back from front lines of war, are suffereing with PTSD, and severe depression and anxiety. Be gentle and loving, because they deserve it!
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