Heroes at Home: Honoring our Nation’s Veterans

17.42 million veterans live in America today (“Veterans in the U.S.,” 2020). They dedicated their services in several wars, leaving home and giving up the comforts of stability, family, and safety to ensure that America remains a safe place, yet upon returning home themselves, our nation’s veterans have faced immense hardships. About 40,000 veterans are without shelter on any given night; due to PTSD, social isolation, unemployment, and substance abuse (Hernandez & Hernandez, 2020). This is organizations that offer support like the Porter County Veteran’s Treatment Court, Folds of Honor, and Southshore Friends of Veterans, are imperative for the community. Through literature reviews and interviews, my research goes in-depth to the work of veteran organizations, and illustrates the impact of the heroes in these programs. During interviews, veteran Bob Carnegy stated: “People don’t understand the meaning of the word veteran. Each one is special, yet connected. No matter what branch they serve, each veteran raised their right hand and pledged their life to this country. That pledge is what connects us all.” Going off of his words, my research serves to increase awareness for the acts of service our veterans perform, not only overseas, but also when they return home.