by Chad Robichaux
I have spoken and ministered to so many fearless veterans about their combat related trauma, their military life, and how it has affected their daily lives. Every day these courageous, honorable, veterans face extraordinary challenges when facing reintegration into civilian life. I too know the struggle to find purpose, fight the feeling of isolation, and thinking that the only way to deal with life is taking one’s own.
I ask that you remember, pray for, and support our veterans so that they will become more than conquers (Romans 8:31-39) and win the battle over their struggles.
Below are some reasons why veterans struggle to reintegrate into society and what we can do to help!
DIFFICULTY MANAGING STRONG EMOTIONS
Something I struggled with, that many veterans struggle with, is difficulty managing strong emotions. These often include high levels of anxiety and hyper-vigilance associated with the stress of constant risk of danger while deployed. These behaviors, although appropriate and encouraged in a war zone, result in problematic behaviors when returning to civilian life . . . like feeling on-edge and being easily triggered. This causes issues in many areas of life related to reintegration, including employment, family problems, and social connection.
LOST SENSE OF PURPOSE
Many of us experience feelings of alienation and loneliness within our families and our communities. We feel as if we are no longer needed because our family responsibilities and roles were filled by our spouse or others during our absence.
MENTAL ILLNESS AND CO-OCCURING DISORDERS
Based on studies in the VA healthcare system since the invasion of Afghanistan, roughly 44% of veterans have a mental disorder diagnosis of PTSD or depression and 14% suffer from co-occurring disorders, such as alcohol and or drug abuse.
LACK OF FAITH
The military teaches an ABC approach to solving problems, the issue is – not all problems can be solved on our own. When I was at the lowest part of my life, feeling completely broken, relying on therapy, mixed martial arts, and a handful of medications, a friend of mine told me, “If God plays no part in your transformation, you are going to fall on your face.” And he was right. It wasn’t until I committed to getting to know God and was able to place my faith in Him that the transformation began. Without it I would have never realized God’s true plan and purpose for me on this earth.
I discovered the solution that absolutely works! This is why my dedicated staff and I are fully committed to help our veterans to experience restored hope in Christ, healing, and renewed purpose through our Legacy Programs at five beautiful and relaxing rural ranches across the country. We love what we do, and we hope you will come along side of us as financial supporters.
It is because of you, that we are powerful advocates for our veterans & I thank you for that!