Veterans Organizations And Their Qualities

By Michael Watson

Organizations can be set up for servicemen who fought in wars that have been fought by the United States all over the world. They have a lot of goals or objectives, philosophies, affiliations, advocacies and needs. Standard or established groups automatically include all qualified vets, and most associate with these because of their non sectarian or special goals and requirements.

Some established or standard groups for ex servicemen are the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Vietnam veterans organizations are large in number since many have served in that conflict and are still alive. Because of the many factors that were active during that time, lots of these groups have social, focused or political agendas that date back to that time.

Those orgs that can be considered physically healthy are those reservists for Army, Navy and the like. There may be reserve groups for air squadrons, divisions or naval units these people used to be members of. It means that people here are of fighting age and fitness, but there may be less of these for Vietnam due to its unpopularity.

This status has given many groups inspiration or cause to form, and there are even those who are anti government and have gone underground. These might have members with loads of grievances and they are batting for justice to be served them. Most of these will not even be mentioned in rolls that the government recognizes or supports.

Local, state or federal authorities all have to recognize any group of military vets, because their service is important to the country. They need to do so and maintain cordial ties because doing otherwise can easily alienate ex servicemen who have given years of their lives defending America. But government can be choosy especially in terms of financial and material support for the organization in question.

There are orgs for vets who are members of a race or ethnic group, and these may be fighting a different kind of war for equal opportunity and treatment. Outfits like these can include those who are affiliated to religious denominations of brotherhoods. Those people who served during Vietnam may find these comforting enough after the political battles done by protest organizations.

Then, it is interesting to note that Vietnam is just one war, and there are so many orders that were created before it came around. Veterans are wont to form into military sodalities, too, like professional groups in armor, artillery, signals and even war journalists, generally specialties that have also fought their battles. Many will have the most sterling or exemplary causes and goals.

These outfits will often have programs for helping out any kind of veteran. But with the multiple issues involved, many focus on specific problems like certain disabilities, trauma, psychological support or even financial grants to help vets reintegrate as normal citizens. The war in Vietnam was the first one where PTSD was acknowledged, and it has since been applied to other wars.

A good organization is Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. Which is probably the largest of groups formed because of the war. So members have often come from the Vietnamese battlefield, but it will not be confined to helping out the vets in that war alone. In fact, most if not all groups will help out any veteran, whatever war he or she may have come from.

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