"64 percent of veterans experience difficulty transitioning back into civilian life." (HireOurHeroes.org)
Sacrifice. That's the first word that comes to mind when I think of the word hero. A hero is someone willing to sacrifice personal gain for the betterment of the collective. They come in may forms, from single mothers working 15 hours a day at the minimum wage to hopefully make rent so their children can have safe, stable housing and go to school; to voices of the voiceless who risk the persecution of the status quo, risking martyrdom in hopes of better futures they may never physically experience.
Often times in our country people who make sacrifices, such as volunteering full-time in the United States of America, find themselves in vulnerable positions. The homeless come in varying forms, many being veterans of the United States military who have difficulty transitioning back into civilian life. It's difficult to transition back into "normalcy" after living in a parallel life of service. Trust me. The most difficult part for me has been adjusting to the everyday citizen's view of reality compared to the view that you gain from serving. It's just different. You become acclimated to surviving based on faith, teamwork, training and instinct. Although beneficial, this is not how mainstream society operates, thus transitioning can become very difficult, almost counter-intuitive to the survival instincts you grow accustomed to trusting.
Housing First is an approach to ending homelessness that centers on providing people experiencing homelessness with housing as quickly as possible – and then providing services as needed. This approach has the benefit of being consistent with what most people experiencing homelessness want and seek help to achieve. (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
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