Life After War: What to do Next Part 3
This article is the last in a three part series. The previous two (“Do Veterans Miss War?” and “Why Veterans Miss War Part 2”) were posted over the last couple of months and can be viewed in the links provided at the end. In the part one, we did an overview of veterans issues and got into why vets are having so many problems once they finish their obligatory service in the military. A solid answer was because “veterans miss the camaraderie that they once associated with when they were immersed in the military”.
Part two dives deeper and digs at the root causes of these issues. We proved that it is completely justifiable for most of our returning veterans to have stresses due to their time in the service. Whether it be from the extreme demands or from a traumatic event or loss. We followed it further down the rabbit hole and showed what happens when the issues aren’t dealt with. Tens of thousands of homeless every night all over the U.S. and 22 suicides a day, both from the veteran community. Those are some of the more extreme issues, but at any level, this can easily be called a crisis.
We found “A” major solution to be to rebuild the camaraderie and brotherhood that vets once had during their time in the military. This directly helps combat many of the issues vets face. And in this article we are going to discuss how.
And the answer to how to get vets together to help fight these issues is “by any freaking means necessary”. Simple, to the point. What ever excuse you can come up with, get linked up with your brothers. The more complicated you make things, the harder its going to be to follow through on.
The idea for my non-profit company “Ronin Veterans Network” first started when I was working overseas as a Private Security Consultant. I kept hearing from my military/ paramilitary friends about all these issues they were having and why. Some of these cases were some really bad stories. Learning more about this problem and building a solution became my passion, my mission. I knew I could do great work because of all the problems I had during my time in and after the military and how I overcame them. I had such awesome ideas for all these things I wanted to do. I wanted to reach all over the U.S., develop resources, host events, and help my brothers in need on a grand scale. And I kinda did that, but in doing so I learned an extremely valuable lesson. Don’t try and build a house, just lay one brick as best as you can.
This was a small non-profit, I wasn’t selling anything other than ideas and solutions. So getting people to get attached was damn near impossible, no matter how I pitched the despairing situation. I had stretched myself too thin trying to solve every problem for every person. The reality was, I needed to focus on quality, not quantity. And thats what Im doing now. I focus on finding excuses to get vets together and then pairing them with resources that can help them in life. My main thing is workout groups. I still have resources and connections all over the U.S., but everything I do, I try to think of how to make it simpler and more effective. Efficiency. The more I focused on that concept the more I learned that it really didn’t matter what the event was or how it played out. I just needed to come up with an excuse to get veterans together so we could work on these terrible issues as fast and as efficiently as possible.
Lets math the shit out of this.
Problem: The veterans plight, the epidemic of veteran suicides and a hoard of other life altering issues.
Solution: Get veterans together by any means necessary.
But in order to solve this, we need an additional factor: People who are going to step up and help solve this issue, people who care.
People who care + excuses to get vets together = helping to combat vet issues.
This missing factor is where we are at now. This is something I want to highlight with the upmost importance. You have to have passion for any mission you set out to accomplish in life. Passion is everything. You don’t have to be skilled, you don’t have to have all the resources, but you do have to have the passion deep inside you if you want to be successful in helping other people. You have to have the love, bro. Haha. This isn’t something you’re going to wake up every day with, I get that.
The point of these articles and all that I have talked to you about is to tell a story in the hopes of igniting that passion. To give you ideas, perspective. With that it’ll changes something inside one of you that will in turn, pass the love on. In this case, help a veteran. THIS is what you need to do, rebuild the camaraderie that we once had in our brotherhood. Get reconnected and progress forward from there.
It doesn’t matter what it is, take that love for a brother thats in your heart and call an old military buddy up. “Hey man, just thinking about you, wanted to catch up after all these years”. Organize a small BBQ with some bros in the area. You see a guy in the gym with some war ink, go introduce yourself, shake his hand and see where it goes. Advertise at work, make connections in the various places you go. Everyone knows vets in the random comings and goings of life.
You would be so surprised as to where a small gesture of brotherly love will go. That small act could easily change someones life, it could save a life. So spread the love, bro.
CEO Ronin Veterans Network