Veterans Affairs looking to help veterans transition back into civilian life

Published: Jan. 25, 2019 at 6:57 PM EST
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By: Richie Pergolizzi | WCTV Eyewitness News

January 25, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- According to the Veterans Affair Association, 20 veterans died by suicide every day last year.

Each year, thousands of military members leave the service and settle in communities around the nation. And, for some, the transition to civilian life can be difficult. The officers of the VA are working to help veterans find all of the benefits available.

"This is a wonderful thing and a great start," said retired Sgt. Ricky Lay. "To try and help our veterans that have kept our country safe."

Back in April of 2018, the VA announced improvements to their transition assistance program, designed to be more collaborative by helping service members make informed decisions.

From healthcare and employment to housing and education, veterans now have more support entitled to them than ever before.

"The whole community needs to come together and arm around everybody," said retired Spc. Bruce Reed. "To support not only the veterans, but the families and the other people who come together."

And it's not a cookie-cutter approach; no matter if you served in the Korean War or recently left service, every veteran can benefit.

"All veterans can benefit, no matter what," Reed continued. "If you come in, you are eligible. All you have to do is serve, and you're eligible."

"Please come down and check 'em out and see all the things that they have now and that is coming to the area," said Lay. "Because they still have plans coming to better aid and assist our veterans."

All these resources are available to allow veterans and their families to live better lives.

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