December 15, 2021
According to a Mental Health and the Pandemic: Veteran Responses survey of 305 military veterans by Hill & Ponton Disability Attorneys, loneliness is the most negative mental health effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wounded Warriors Family Support spread holiday cheer and good will to the 70 veteran residents at the Victory Park Apartments in Lincoln this week. The nonprofit donated toiletries Tuesday and provided lunch to residents Wednesday.
Wounded Warriors Family Support also delivered support to the 150 veteran residents at the Victory Apartments in Omaha. The nonprofit donated toiletries and provided lunch to residents Thursday.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for many people,” Wounded Warriors Family Support CEO and President Kate McCauley said. “Veterans have encountered various challenges during the past two years. Those with PTSD have struggled with increased symptoms and episodes. Veterans need our support to combat the impacts of isolation, stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic.”
This donation continues Wounded Warriors Family Support’s assistance to veterans in healing the wounds that medicine cannot. The La Vista Costco provided an in-kind donation to cover the toiletries transportation costs.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers these tips on how to manage stress and anxiety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:
- Exercise regularly, eat well-balanced meals and get plenty of sleep
- Limit alcohol
- Practice breathing exercises and/or meditation
- Take breaks from the news
- Stay connected with others while practicing physical distancing
- Participate in activities or hobbies that you enjoy or learn a new one
- Keep your current mental health appointments
Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured, or killed during combat operations. This organization is run by combat veterans for combat veterans. Rated a four-star nonprofit by Charity Navigator, Wounded Warriors Family Support aids veterans and their families in healing the wounds that medicine cannot.