Every year on Nov. 11, Americans pause to recognize the sacrifices and heroics of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. While this holiday gives us a specific reminder to do so, we believe it's vitally important to remember our war heroes each and every day as they return to civilian life. Veterans face many challenges during this transition, including finding meaningful employment to support themselves and their families.
On this Veterans Day and throughout the year, Goodwill Manasota reaches out to service members with a broad range of programs and services to streamline their re-entry into civilian life. Many veterans approach Goodwill for career services and are surprised to find that our support extends beyond assistance for job searches. Goodwill also can link them to resources that help with a variety of needs -- from health care and child care to housing and transportation.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates than some 250,000 service men and women return to civilian life each year; currently, there are more than 72,000 veterans who live in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Many return from deployment with debilitating physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other challenges that impede their smooth transition to civilian life. Goodwill is proud to provide support for them.
Many of us know a family member or friend or someone in our community who has valiantly served in the Armed Forces. We at Goodwill encourage you to let them know that Goodwill stands ready to welcome them back to our community and to the workforce.
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Bob Rosinsky, President & CEO, Goodwill Manasota