Guest Blog: Supporting a Clean and Sober Lifestyle for Returning Vets

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How Family Members Can Support a Clean and Sober Lifestyle for Their Returning Vet By Anna Ciulla A loved one who returns home from active military service is often not the same person they once were, having witnessed and experienced traumatic events the likes of which can be hard to fathom. This new reality can be difficult to adjust to—not just for the returning service person but for their immediate family, who naturally wonder how they can help their loved one make a smooth and healthy transition back to civilian life. In this period of re-acclimating to civilian life, it’s important to keep in mind that returning vets are more vulnerable to substance abuse and self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, due to various factors: Chronic or acute pain from one or more war-related injuries Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),

Delivering Resources to Veterans in Need

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DVNF's first resource fair a huge success On November 9th, DVNF hosted its first ever resource fair for veterans in the DC Metro area. Government representatives, nonprofit organizations, and additional providers such as staffing firms took part in the event. More than 50 veterans attended the event, and 33 veterans were given new business attire through our Tailored for Troops program! So many of the veterans we spoke with were overjoyed at the outpouring of support from their community. Some were in search of employment, some needed new clothing, and many others were simply looking for community. This event impacted one veteran in particular in a big way. This young Marine veteran was there with his wife and their two-year-old son. He told us that he had been having a difficult time since he left the Marine Corps, and had