I accepted a job with Returning Veterans Project (RVP) nearly 2 years ago not knowing what a life changing opportunity it offered. Previously, I held fundraising/development jobs with Northwest Youth Corps, Catholic Community Services, and Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides.
Although I am not a veteran myself, my dad, husband, and son are all veterans and because of my work at RVP, I've come to see them through a different lens.
Military service, especially combat duty, shapes an individual and deployment impacts entire families, sometimes for several generations.
Serving in the military can shape individuals in very positive ways, but when service members return from a warzone with physical, mental, or emotional wounds, and they are left untreated, it can impact that individual's ability to lead a happy productive life.
I hope we learn from the lessons of the Vietnam War and do not let the newest returning veterans fall through the cracks.
Providing support to returning veterans and their families to help them resume the lives they left behind and be happy and productive and successful is the most rewarding thing I can think of. I am so proud of our licensed, professional volunteers who dedicate at least one pro bono slot in their practice for those we serve.
I can't think of a time in our nation's history when we needed our returning veterans more. Our entire society benefits from their courage, strength, resiliency, talent, wisdom, and experience.
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