Needs of Veterans
Many needs of military personnel are evident at the time of their separation from military service. Other needs, however, such as the residual psychological and physical effects of war and combat, may not be obvious until many years after military personnel have returned to civilian life. In addition, the federal government has established services for aging veterans, but the veterans and their families may not be aware of these services or know how to obtain them.
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Laureate Education (Producer). (2013). Reintegration and the military family [Video file]
(Betsy Flanigan describes her family’s transition from military life to civilian life and identifies aspects of military culture that civilians need to understand)
To prepare for this Discussion, review the Betsy Flanigan video
· Post a description of the interviewee you selected. Describe your initial reaction to the individual and his or her situation and explain why you had this reaction.
· Based on this scenario and the other resources, explain what would be the most important need that helping professionals should address with the veteran in the scenario and why.