“No one told them combat was easy. We need to stop telling them that civilian life is.”
Capt. Dale Dye USMC Ret.
Combat Veteran | Actor | Author
Veterans 360 advocates an education versus cure approach to these problems. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness or an inability to cope. It is a sign of strength. Veterans are much more formidable when they are better educated and trained in how to deal with adversity.
No matter your political affiliation or social class, we invite you to join our movement to reverse this trend of despondency and struggle in our young transitioning veterans.
On Losing a Veteran Son to a Broken System
When Daniel Somers committed suicide on June 10, he left his family a letter listing the many roadblocks he had encountered in the Veterans Affairs system while seeking care for severe physical and psychological symptoms.
How, then, do you wrap your head around the fact that your 30-year-old, happily married son has taken his own life? After the initial shock, you review every single decision you ever made with regard to him. “If only” becomes your mantra. Then you look back at his life and remember that he was the most trusting, caring, creative and intelligent human being you’ve ever known.
You want to know what went wrong.
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The Yellow Ribbon Network to help young
combat veterans in transition
Kevin L. Jackson is a senior information technologist specializing in solutions that meet critical commercial and government operational requirements. “We (Vets 360) know Veterans — Kevin Jackson knows Cloud. Between us we will ensure that our veterans will once again be the tip of the spear (but this time) as leaders in Cloud Technology.” Rick Collins Founder & Executive Director – Vets 360.
Through his “Cloud Musings” blog, Mr. Jackson has been recognized as one of Cloud Computing Journal “World’s 30 Most Influential Cloud Bloggers” (2009, 2010), a Huffington Post Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter (2013) and the author of a FedTech Magazine “Must Read Federal IT Blog” (2012, 2013). In 2012, he was also named a “Cyber Security Visionary” by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine.
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The inaugural Warrior Wives Conference was held on October 24th, 2013. It brought together spouses or current and former U.S. military members that have fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They shared some incredible stories, told of the love for their families, and shed a few tears.
The Warriors Wives Conference is meant to strengthen the national dialog about PTSD and veteran suicides, as well as a host of other difficulties U.S. veterans of recent wars are facing, including homelessness, joblessness, and depression.
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Note: We are often asked why we do not engage older veterans or those with long term military service. This is always a delicate balance. The simple answer, if there is one, is that our younger veterans need this entry level type of support. Our older veterans have bought homes and cars, have family, have a lot more life and military education and a much more robust support network. Our young veterans are much more at risk, vulnerable and underserved. If we do not focus we will simply get overwhelmed and quite frankly our older veterans would be bored and not find the same value in the entry level education that we provide. We hope you understand.