Alabama's military veterans and their families have made countless sacrifices to serve our great nation. It is only right that their home state and country support them in their journey to return to civilian life. The truth is that many veterans struggle with drug abuse. Some of this drug abuse is linked to past trauma and pain brought on by military service.
With all the buzz in the news recently about a government shut down, it's gotten many military veterans nervous. The government last shut down for an extended period was in 2013 and we learned a lot about how that impacts people in our community and around the United States. The government has a lot of moving parts, including many that affect our nation's veterans and their families, so it's inevitable that a government shutdown would directly affect their lives. The federal government provides many services to our veterans that can abruptly cease in a shutdown.
When it comes to Mobile citizens that have sacrificed much for their country and their community, few top the list like military veterans. In whatever capacity a veteran served our country, they should know we are grateful for their service. While their veteran status may grant them access to veteran benefits, those benefits often will not cover everything they need. That's where Social Security disability benefits come into play.
Military veterans are some of the most honored and self-sacrificing members of our society. While we are happy to support and encourage our veterans, there are many that do not make it home while in service to our country. Beyond that, many who do make it home, are forever impacted due to their physical, mental or emotional limitations after their active service has ended. While veterans do often receive some sort of military related benefits, there can be additional hardship for veterans suffering from a physical or mental affliction.
Veterans deserve the utmost care and respect. When a military member is honorably discharged from the military, they are granted access to several benefits for themselves and their family, including access to VA medical care. While this may initially sound great, the VA has been under the microscope lately relating to its ability to care for its patients, who are veterans. The changes are still unfolding, and, luckily, spending bills were approved by the Senate to fund the rapid changes being made to the VA in hopes of caring for veterans.
There are many opportunities and benefits for those who serve our country's military in the short and long-term. Of course, the pride one has for their country is one of the best aspects of military service. For those in Alabama and nationwide who were honorably discharged, there are many other benefits for military service members. This is especially true for those who have unfortunately suffered an injury during their time in the military.
Few people in Alabama have or will make sacrifices as large as the ones our veterans have made in sacrifice to our country. At the very least, veterans gave their time, body and mind to our country in hopes of making it a better place for us all. At the most, they sacrifice their health or even their lives in service to our country. They deserve our utmost respect and admiration.
This past Memorial Day, people in Mobile and nationwide took a moment of remembrance for those in the military who made the ultimately sacrifice in serving our country -- their lives. However, it is also important to remember that some of the veterans who are fortunate enough to come home from active duty may come home with a physical or mental disability related to their time in service.
America's service members often sacrifice their health in the line of duty, while bravely protecting our country. Veterans from Alabama and nationwide may find that after they return home from active duty, they suffer from a variety of ailments, some of which can be disabling.
Veterans in Alabama and across the nation, give their all in protecting our nation. Unfortunately, combat can take its toll on a veteran's health. Physical injuries, such as an amputated limb, can be easy to spot. However, servicemembers returning home from combat often face a much more silent ailment: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sometimes the symptoms of PTSD are so severe that they keep a servicemember from even being able to do routine things. In general, there are four categories of PTSD symptoms.