At American Torch Tip we’re proud to have raised $5,000.00 for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. But you don’t have to make a large financial contribution to make a difference – you can offer something that money can’t buy.
If you have a friend, neighbor or co-worker that has recently returned from active duty, start a conversation with them, and ask where they served, inquire about their training, what they did, and then ask – this is the important part – “How can I help?”
You may not get an answer to this question right away, but it’s important to stay in touch, be available and be patient. It will take months, perhaps longer, for your friend to transition back into civilian life. This will happen on their schedule, not yours, and it’s important for you to be there when your support is needed.
Mike Liguori a former marine and now a director of the non-profit Unite US says, “Veterans are finding it challenging to really transition to civilian life. They would rather hear, ‘Thank you for your service. How can I help you?’ since that second part gives civilians a way to find out how they can help.”
Learn more about helping returning vets here – When Vets Come Home: 5 Things You Should Say (and 5 Things You Shouldn’t)