More than seven thousand U.S. military members have died fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, a twenty-year stretch that has included the longest wars in our nation’s history — so long that the conflicts have faded from memory for many Americans.
Not surprisingly, in America today, only around seven percent of adults have served in the military — a drop of more than half from 1980 — and less than 0.5 percent of the American population are active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces. That means the chances are high that you can go through most days, never encountering anyone who has volunteered to be troops on the ground wherever the United States has a military presence.
As a group, veterans have an enormous impact on our lives. According to the 2021 Veterans Civic Health Index from the National Conference on Citizenship and others, vets are more likely to volunteer, vote, give to charity, trust their neighbors, and work to fix community problems. They also are more likely to work than non-vets. Ignoring the needs of a productive and patriotic population is detrimental both economically and politically.
Once a military man or woman completes service and returns home, they must adjust to a new life. Years of being at the war front mean veterans have likely lost skills from their earlier civilian lives; families may have moved on, and social circles might have dissolved. Thus, veterans may feel completely lost, helpless, and overwhelmed as they return to regular life and have to relearn all that goes into modern urban civilian life.
While those who have served to protect our country often struggle to adjust to everyday civilian life once they return, they deserve all the best care we can give them, to meet their needs and protect their physical, mental, and financial well-being.
Veteran experiences and needs can be complex and unique. Many veterans experience unusual challenges as they acclimatize to civilian life. Some find this change more difficult than others, and those with limited support systems may need additional help. Civilian life is a significant change for veterans as they are accustomed to a disciplined, structured life in the armed forces. Suddenly, they are now part of a world that requires them to have a range of new skills and to pay attention to multiple arrangements necessary for civilian life.
Veteran case management can be a valuable tool to help veterans integrate into their new lives. Whether helping them with health and wellness services, setting them up with employment and training, or helping with physical and social stabilization, Social workers can help individual veterans deal with their specific problems and help them reach their desired lifestyle.
Most veterans have some basic needs including:
Social workers or veteran organizations that want to make a difference in the lives of those who defend and protect our nation should offer the best services to veteran clients. Caseworkers need real-time, updated data, fast processing, and secure and reliable software solutions when delivering veteran services and managing their cases. Using technology can simplify and accelerate service delivery for veterans.
The Next Step
PlanStreet’s holistic case management solution can be the best aid in the mission to help our nation’s heroes come home. Our platform will help caseworkers manage veteran services faster, more efficiently, and in compliance with all government guidelines and regulations.
Our powerful veteran case management software provides the following:
PlanStreet’s veteran case management software will assist caseworkers in their mission, and we would be proud to contribute to this honorable endeavor by making case management a breeze for you. Contact us for more details.