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While many veterans know about the basic level of government support and benefits they’ll receive after they’ve finished serving, there are actually a number of lesser-known programs designed to help them navigate the challenges of post-military life.
In this article, we’ll outline some benefits and support systems you may not know about to ensure you’re getting the help you deserve and can start to build a new life outside of the military.
Upon returning from tour, many veterans require long-term care to help them recover from injuries accrued during service and more serious medical conditions.
Unfortunately for many families, this can be extremely expensive, and the alternative of having a family member care for a veteran both a stressful and demanding one — especially if they are caring for an ageing relative.
Fortunately, programs such as the Aid and Attendance program (outlined on militarybenefits.info) offer many veterans the opportunity to receive money that covers the cost of both assisted living programs and nursing homes. This takes the pressure off of less-financially stable families and allows them to find the right care for the veteran in their flock.
American corporate partners
Finding work outside of the military is a difficult stage in many veteran’s lives, whether they’ve suffered with ill effects post-tour or not.
In an effort to try and improve the career prospects of men and women who have spent their entire adult lives in the armed forces, the American Corporate Partners plan was formed.
This initiative pairs veterans with top companies and corporations to help them secure employment once their tour has ended. It can be accessed as their military career in coming to an end, or years after they have left the force.
Alongside good career opportunities, veterans can benefit from bespoke one-to-one mentorship schemes and access to unique training opportunities.
In the unfortunate event that a veteran dies there are unique benefits available designed to support their bereaved family.
While financial support is available in some cases, the Department of Veterans Affairs can also provide families with a free headstone or grave marker alongside assistance in planning the funeral arrangement.
A death pension is also available for the family of veterans who served more than 90 days and are in the correct income bracket.
Know how to access support for veterans
Knowing of these supports is one thing, but actually being able to access them is another.
Fortunately, many of these systems are easily contactable and will be able to guide you through the process.
Families of veterans who have suffered injuries as a result of their service should also consider contacting a dedicated veterans consultation service like vetcompandpen.com/ for support acquiring financial aid they’re entitled to.
Finally, before making any decisions about which benefits and support to pursue, ensure you contact a doctor and have all potential conditions cleared up. Having medical records will help your case and make it easier to be admitted onto the programs you need.
How to stay healthier
Of course, there are many other ways you can ensure you stay in good health long after your tour has ended. Combining these with the right support systems can help you get back to your old self again, and better deal with long-term injuries and pain.
A balanced diet can make a significant impact on not just your physical health but your mental wellbeing and ability to overcome more serious conditions.
Binging on junk food won’t just cause you to pile on the pounds but damage your perception of self and risk aggravating serious issues.
Start by following simple health guides with accessible diet plans such as those available on verywellfit.com, and ensuring you stick to them. Taking supplements is a brilliant way to combat the loss of specific nutrients and vitamins, but you should consult your doctor before basing your diet around them.
Follow veteran exercises
There are numerous plans designed to directly improve the health and wellbeing of veterans once they return home.
When veterans return from tour and step outside of the strict military lifestyle, it can be difficult to retain their level of health and fitness, especially if they are suffering with physical or mental ailments.
Many gyms and clubs will offer military discounts for veterans, making it easier for them to jump back into a fitness program. While in the UK, bemilitaryfit.com offers free fitness classes to ex-members of the armed forces.
Take mental health seriously
Although mental health can be a difficult topic to broach, it’s important all veterans who are struggling to adjust to life after the force confront it in some way.
It can be a difficult lifestyle change, especially if you are struggling with trauma. This is common though, and there are plenty of systems in place to help you confront your fears and confusing feelings.
Talk to family, friends and people you served with but ensure you consult professional help if needed. There are many free spaces to talk online and discuss these issues with people who have previously experienced them, which can provide great comfort.
There are lots of hidden benefits and support systems that should be more wildly available and known of, but for whatever reason aren’t.
Hopefully this guide has highlighted a few and helped offer some key advice for making life outside of the force more comfortable.