I was recently contacted by a person from http://maketheconnection.net which is associated with the VA. I was asked to share their information on my blog to help spread the word and raise awareness of what they are accomplishing. This type of request normally makes my hackles rise a little. In the past couple months, I’ve been contacted by others asking for the same thing. Their websites turned out to be thinly veiled political advertisements and rants. They just weren’t the type of things that I would want my blog associated with or want my name behind in any way whatsoever.
After visiting the website, however, I quickly realized that Make The Connection is different. It is a group of people that are legitimately trying to help veterans on the daily basis. It is an organization that I entirely support and have no issues promoting on Military Dad.
It would be difficult for me to sum up what they do better than they already have, so I’ll just quote their mission from the website: “Connecting Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives. Hear inspiring stories of strength. Learn what has worked for other Veterans. Discover positive steps you can take—all in the words of Veterans just like you.”
I will freely admit that I have never seen combat during my career. I can only imagine the stress and pain that it can put on a person. Make The Connection understands that, and they help veterans to find their way through the mental anguish that follows by connecting them with similar stories. I’m obviously a huge fan of Veteran’s Affairs, and I think that this is an incredibly valuable site.
If you think you or someone you care about could benefit from this site, spread the word. The good folks behind it can make connections with others that have lived through similar experiences and learned to cope with them afterwards. This short video talks about some of the people involved.
To quote the video “…for the guys who couldn’t come back, you owe it them to live well.”