14 Apr A TO Z: 26 ISSUES TRANSITIONING VETERANS FACE #9
Going from an environment where you are welcomed to one where you feel alone, is a scary thing. Not everyone has the same support channels when they transition from the Armed Forces. Even when you think you do have the necessary support, you may find out you actually don’t. The process of finding your place with those around who care about your wellbeing is extremely important.
Feeling isolated can have painful results. Some people are introverts and try to solve problems on their own; while others are extroverts and use the people around them to grow.
Both introverts and extroverts have the ability to succeed; however, both can also feel isolated when their basic needs are not being met, such as food, clothing and shelter.
The feeling of isolation can be psychologically and emotionally draining. Over time, these feelings can lead to behaviors not viewed as acceptable by society. When a person is pushed to their limits, the consequences can be unpredictable and extremely out of character for someone we thought we knew quite well.
When a veteran commits suicide, the people who him or her best probably never knew what the person was actually dealing with. You see, hurting people know how to hide their feelings, out of fear others would realize their struggles. They don’t want to be perceived as weak.
This is why we need to talk to those around us and have concern for those who have served our country. Every life matters and we have to be aware of those we can reach, to help them see the light when they see darkness on the horizon. A life can be changed in a moment. Imagine a world where compassion for one another rules and we help those who feel alone, feel loved instead.