This past summer I met many, many Veterans that are struggling to fit back into our society, our culture – fit back into Home. They are often lost in the transition between their military lives and becoming civilians.
I restate my purpose to my fellow Veterans that I will work for you. My first, strong advice is that there is strength, help, and support among our own. The Veterans of Foreign Wars has several posts here in Colorado Springs as there are Foreign Legion posts. These posts are not for old Veterans – they are for All Veterans. The camaraderie, esprit de corps, and sheer love I have witnessed and felt when I visit the posts is just unbelievable. You will find friends that will help save you stress on what to do next if you have a problem. You will find someone that can put you in touch with the right office in the VA or wherever you are seeking help.
Then, how can we ignore the enormous leadership, integrity, and talent that we have in our Veterans? We see more and more Veterans from our Armed Services and hiring Veterans should be a top priority. In a conversation with a retired colonel, I emphasized that we have a significant number of military leaders in Colorado Springs, and they could, should consider forming companies to take advantage of all the talent rather than just waiting for someone to hire. He stopped to ponder that comment, and I hope and pray I planted a seed for the future there.
Know this that you do not have to be alone in anything you do because we are bonded together as brothers and sisters. We are our hope and future. I call on everyone reading this message today; each of you to reach out to your Veteran kin, friends, neighbors, and even strangers and embrace them. Let them know today how much they matter, to you, to all of us.
We can’t thank our Veterans enough for protecting our freedoms, our way of justice, and our desire for liberty for all. Our Veterans protected all these and more by risking their lives. So today and every day, Thank a Veteran. We owe everything to them!
VFW Post 101, 702 S. Tejon St, Colorado Springs, vfwpost101.org
VFW Post 3917, Cheyenne Mountain, vfwpost3917.org
VFW 4051, 430 E. Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs,vfw4051.us/AboutUs
VFW 7829, Monument, vfw7829.org
Other VFW posts throughout Colorado: vfwcolodept.org/postlist.shtml
American Legion Post 39, Manitou Springs, manitoulegion.org
American Legion Centennial Post 209, americanlegioncoloradosprings.org
The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Colorado Springs, trea1.org/chapter-1-organization/general