Posted on Nov 9, 2014
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There is an increase in homeless vets, and vets with drug problems, and many vets are panhandling here in Oregon. So, I hypothesize, that many veterans have problems transitioning to civilian life. So many factors at play. Was there family support, a spouse, some stability, and a job waiting, or was there divorce, PTSD and drug addiction issues at play. I think there needs to be an extended transition assistance program for veterans, especially for vets with combat experience and MST (rape, Sexual assault). The current transition. Program is about 1 week long. Should the VA provide an extended transition program...? Could this help with our troubled veterans...?
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CPT Richard Riley
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I believe it's accurate to state that transitioning from active service has it's problems. I'm not convinced that just lengthening the transition programs will solve the issue. Unfortunately not every member in the transition process takes it seriously, only half-heartedly participates or pays attention and tends to think short term.

I do believe there are many different approaches that would reduce the total problem. The issue sometimes becomes no matter how much hand holding you do there are many who do not embrace the talk.
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I realize that, and you are absolutely right. I hardly paid attention. But the program initially would be voluntary and then prescribed by docs at the VA that recognize the vet didn't transition well. So it would be a two-fold approach to tackling the problem. Something needs to be done. I had a NCO tell me, if you ever complain, you had better bring a solution to the table. I'm a problem solver...
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I feel part of the problem is that in society today, and with the current generation, is that it someone else's issue. There is little personal responsibility in many of the young soldiers, NCOs, and Officers when they fail at a task because they have not been held accountable for failing, for the majority of individuals. This goes on and on over and over again. I know that some responsibility rests in the leadership and organization, but there has to be some personal responsibility.
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