Hey guys, it's Adam, and I recently got an email
from a retired Marine Corps officer
who was injured in Iraq,
sustained a traumatic brain injury
and some other physical injuries.
He has been rehabilitating himself
using the different military and VA facilities.
He's ready to start giving back,
feeling a little bit empty inside,
looking to reengage society
and reengage others who are in similar situations.
He and his wife are trying to find
Why are they trying to find volunteer activities--is really the question.
Volunteering is a great way
to reengage and begin to participate in things you like to do again,
because, one, there are no expectations.
When you're volunteering, you can give as little or as much
as you'd like, and you're still going to be able to
really feel the contribution and help other people.
Also, there are so many
fun activities out there that you can participate in.
There's camping, there are fishing trips,
there are hunting trips, even,
with other veterans who have similar injuries
or, for example, traumatic brain injury.
There are veteran groups out there
who take a group of TBI survivors
out on a fishing trip,
and they'll go up to the mountains or to a lake,
something for a while, and then they'll come back.
So it's really a bonding experience.
It really helps people feel integrated into society
in a very non-threatening way.
Another way that volunteering can be empowering
is because you're able to share your experiences
and some of the obstacles and triumphs that you've had
with other people.
You're able to share--manage their expectations,
share your experiences,
as well as share some of the outcomes that, hopefully, they can expect
one day as well.
So take a look at volunteering.
Go out, Google "volunteer activities for veterans,"
or "disabled veterans support groups,"
and find some people who are like-minded like you
and want to get in or maybe they're already doing something.
That way, you can feel like you're participating,
and you can have an effect on other people
who are just starting their journey of recovery.
Thanks so much.