Celebrate ANZAC Day Differently This Year
There are 3 ways you can really support modern veterans.
Tomorrow Australia and New Zealand will stand still. We will be reminded of yesterday’s sacrifice and today’s contribution.
It will be eye-opening for some, overwhelming for others.
Respect will be paid, mate-ship will be celebrated and our nations’ legacy will be extended.
Can you do more? Absolutely.
1. Understand Post-Traumatic Growth
It is essential to care for service men and women who have been affected by their service. It’s just as important to realise that many veterans experience post-traumatic growth.
Many, many veterans possess skills, expertise and loyalty which can only turbocharge organisations. It’s because they have experienced post-traumatic growth and have an insatiable appetite to continue contributing after their time in uniform comes to an end.
If you’d like to know how you can bring veterans into your organisation just email me.
2. Understand post-traumatic stress (and what it’s not)
If you truly want to roll up your sleeves and help veterans affected by their service, you need to study the origin, triggers and support mechanisms for post traumatic stress.
You also need to understand how post-traumatic stress differs from fundamental readjustments that servicemen and women can undergo after operating in theaters of war which are vastly different to the everyday environments we enjoy as people in conflict-free countries.
Soldier On and a host of great organisations are building the essential knowledge and infrastructure needed to provide important support. I encourage you to learn as much as you can from their work.
3. Thank them for their service
No other action means more to people who have lost family and friends than to let them know you love them, they are in your thoughts and that you’re there for them.
Pick up the phone, right now, and tell them that.
If you don’t know a veteran personally, you’ll probably know a military family. Reach out to them.
Failing that, when you see someone proudly wearing medals on the left-hand side of their chest, over their heart, all you have to say is “thank you for your service”.
If someone is wearing someone else’s medals they will be positioned on the right-hand side of their jacket. Politely ask who the medals belong to and then thank them for the service and sacrifice.
It will mean the world to them.
Lest we forget.