Every day at Lines for Life we take calls from men and women who have bravely served our country, essentially writing a blank check on their lives to protect us, whatever the cost to them. They stood up for us, now we need to stand up for them.
Recently we heard from an Iraq War Vet who called us seven years after he left the service. He was suddenly experiencing nightmares and night sweats, classic signs of Post-Traumatic Stress. Having recently been laid off at work, he found himself staring at a gap in his health insurance, worried about how to make ends meet. One of our veteran peer support specialists took the call and confirmed his feelings, brainstormed with him and helped guide him to action that provided a solution. When we called for a follow up the next day, the Vet told us how thankful he was for our help and that he no longer felt like an outcast.
This is precisely the reason we need to do everything we can to protect our veterans in return. On Veteran’s Day, and every day -24/7/365.
In just the past six months we’ve connected with thousands of veterans. Our call volume nearly doubled. Last month we worked with nearly 1,400 vets and family members.
Lines for Life has operated the free and confidential Military Helpline for four and a half years now. During that time we’ve helped thousands of veterans and their families dealing with the challenges of civilian life. Our crisis intervention specialists have provided real help and solutions for those struggling with substance abuse, anger issues, post-traumatic stress and thoughts of suicide.
We’re very excited to share the news that together with WestCare we are launching a new effort to reach vets in rural communities. We aim to connect them with health care, medical and mental health services as well assistance in transitioning back to civilian life. It’s quite a challenge but our goal is to set the national standard for a new VA initiative – so we can truly say we are standing up to support the vets who stepped forward to protect us. We anticipate kicking off the “Home Base” program at the beginning of the New Year.
If you know someone who could use the free services of the Military Helpline, please have them call (877) 457-4838. They can also text or visit us on the web at www.MilitaryHelpline.org
This Veterans Day, don’t just thank a vet for their service, ask them how you can thank them for fur their service.