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Letter from the Treasurer

frustrated veteran with familyAs a concerned citizen I have been very fortunate to have served my country without being deployed thousands of miles away from home to a battle field, however many others were not so fortunate. Most of the patriotic citizens who make the decision to serve, do so directly after graduating high school with the understanding that they may be deployed and must try to survive through the harsh reality of war. It takes a lot of courage and patriotism to VOLUNTEER to serve, honor and protect your country this is why I feel we need to do whatever we can to make sure that we support our veterans as they defend us. This can be done by encouraging our lawmakers to pass legislation that will help the men and women who so proudly serve this great nation. We need the GOVERNMENT to step up to the plate and make sure that every veteran is taken care of by offering needed programs to help our injured sometime homeless veterans successfully reintegrate into society by furthering their education and vocational skills and assistance for veterans who may be battling addiction issues.

Here are facts based on documented research you may not be familiar with; According to an article in businessinsider.com an estimated 1 in 10 veterans that served in Afghanistan and as many as 1 in 5 veterans that served in Iraq [are living with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)]. PTSD is one of the top reasons for homelessness with veterans according to militaryspot.com: “Approximately one third of all homeless Americans are veterans.” PTSD, poor mental health, physical injuries, and being much older in age, and unlike traditional students already managing a job and family life are what contributes to the low success rate of veterans returning to school. This is why it is so important for Bills like… H.R. 3272: Veteran Education Empowerment Act to pass.

This bill provides dedicated veterans center space for veteran student seeking a higher education after serving. In sec.2 (5) of the bill, according to Mission United, a United Way program that helps veterans re-acclimate to civilian life, it is often “essential” for veteran students to be mentored by “another veteran who understands their mindset and experience”. This Bill would provide much needed assistance to veterans returning home from defending our country and freedoms so many take for granted. Without the men and women who proudly serve, America wouldn’t be the great country it is.

Please stand with us and help fight for our veterans by calling or writing to your representatives and asking them to vote in favor of H.R 3272: Veterans Education Empowerment Act.

This is just the beginning, we have so much more to accomplish for our veterans and we will, they deserve and have earned our thanks, appreciation, time, and respect.

Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,
Ollie Cappleman, Treasurer
United Veterans Alliance of America PAC

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