Veterans Commentary: Returning to civilian life is especially complex for parents
Successful acclimation is dependent on a clear path to landing a job, establishing a home and building a solid base. But all too often, our vets come home with physical and mental handicaps, lack of translatable job skills and issues that lead them into a downward spiral.
For veterans who are married and/or a parent, the human, social, and economic costs of homelessness is felt on many levels. The experience of homelessness and the associated stress that results can negatively affect the physical and psychological health and well-being not only of the veteran, but also of the family members.
Imagine trying to do what is needed to regain your independence after serving your country — tasks such as seeking employment and tending to medical conditions — while having to provide for your family, keeping shelter overhead and food on the table. It can be an endless push against the tide.
New Hampshire-based Harbor Homes Inc., a member of the Partnership for Successful Living, offers a unique combination of housing and supportive services to homeless male and female veterans and their families through their Veterans FIRST programs, which allows family members to stay together in their own apartment.
To learn more about Harbor Homes and Veterans FIRST, visit www.harborhomes.org or call 882-3616.
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