I know it says somewhere in the Bible something like: “Don’t give a hungry man a fish, teach him how to fish”.
THAT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE!
We have hundreds of Vets coming out of service that have great benefits afforded them in future training. I understand that some have as much as five years of expenses paid for if they enroll in college or other training. Yet, we have many veterans unable to find work and becoming homeless. Obviously, they need counselors and coaches to help them plan a program that they can stick with and end up with a paying job.
For those that don’t need or want extensive training, short term study programs that have certificates are available. These include online as well as college based short courses. I was amazed that in Dr. Larry Richard and Tanya Hanson’s book THE NEW WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A LAW DEGREE, they list 800 not only possible job categories for lawyers who want to change but many of which could apply to veterans who have some work background but need a solid job pursuit now that they are out of the service.
Also in that book, at Appendix B is a long list of certificate and credential building programs that service related benefits would probably pay for. As many of these are for attorneys with degrees, there are still some which would apply for Vets with limited academic backgrounds. Also there are many of these lists available for short term education leading to good jobs. Guidance counselors have these type of resources.
SO WITH ALL THESE POSSIBILITIES AVAILABLE WHY DO WE STILL HAVE VETS ON THE STREET?
THEY HAVE NO PLACE TO GET THIS KIND OF SPECIFIC COUNSELING.
I know this for a fact because I called our local veteran affairs office several times, offering my services as a job coach. Never once did I receive a return call. I then turned to the internet only finding a site which offers mentoring and support for Vets across the country, mostly by offering online suggestions to specific questions asked by the Vet. I did join and have communicated with several vets who are now in JAG or want to go to law school. ACP Advisers is the site if you want to join.
These are not Vets on the street. They need a specific place that they can come and get on going counseling on a one to one basis to support them in developing a plan to not only survive but carefully planning their future. They need consistent long term support and encouragement that will allow them to retrain themselves and become more sale-able. This process also provides a great deal of hope because it is future based, which helps with PTSD as well as just general depression.
I will be exploring this concept/idea more and will keep you posted. Please let me know if you have any input into this very critical problem. We can’t depend on the Trump Government to give us any help!