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Florida veterans facing a multitude of financial difficulties

Today’s job market and financial challenges are bad for millions of Florida residents, but experts say many veterans face a unique set of challenges and setbacks. It’s fair to say that once they’re discharged from the military, veterans should be allowed to enjoy financial security after serving our country. Unfortunately, many veterans are finding themselves in just the opposite position, with unemployment, debt, and even foreclosure being part of a list of problems that add stress to the lives of former servicemen and women.

A lengthy backlog to wait for federal disability benefits, and sometimes the spending habits after a veteran returns home, can cause tremendous financial and emotional strain on a vet and his or her family. The unemployment rate for veterans is two points higher than the civilian rate, and many veterans already have difficulties integrating into civilian life after their service is complete.

One Florida Navy veteran couldn’t even find a job at McDonald’s after he came back from the military. With a wife, daughter, a maxed out credit card, a home in foreclosure and two cars lost to repossession, he started thinking about suicide. He has since moved his family to Oregon to complete his education, and is planning on filing for bankruptcy.

Experts say the suicide rate among returned veterans is rising. However, the Florida vet’s experiences have shown that even terrible challenges can be overcome. Although not in an ideal situation, his family is starting to pick up the pieces and his mental health is improving. Veterans facing the upheaval of financial and emotional problems after returning from active duty don’t have to try to overcome their challenges alone.

Source: In Plain Sight, “Financial strain pushes many veterans to the breaking point,” Bill Briggs, May 4, 2013

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