The United States Office of Veterans' affairs has allocated two grants to the state of Wyoming. The funds are to be used to help get homeless veterans off the streets. News 13's Jeff Platt spoke to some Casper vets to get their reaction.
The grants total $3.5 million dollars and veterans in Wyoming say its a good start to fix a long lasting problem. Members of the United States armed forces learn many lessons during their tour. Whether that time is spent here or overseas, but there is one lesson they are never taught.
Doug Cubbison, a US Army veteran and Curator of the Wyoming Veterans' Museum said, "The military does a great job preparing you to be a soldier, but not a very good job preparing you to be a veteran."
Which is why many veterans across the nation come back to the states and struggle with being a civilian; as much as they try to be outstanding members of society.
Dave Stortz, a US Army Vietnam War veteran said, "All the veterans that I know of want to give back to their communities. They want to fit in again."
Stortz battled p-t-s-d for 26 years after coming home from Vietnam. He says the support he received from his wife helped enormously, but for his brothers in arms without care; life wasn't as easy. A common issue for soldiers who have seen the worst of war.
Cubbison said, "Their families and friends now back home may not understand what these veterans have gone through."
Despite being misunderstood Cubbison says many vets won't ask for help because they weren't trained to.
Cubbison said, "You don't sit and whine about how you're hurt or you don't feel good. As a soldier you drive on you do the mission, that's what you do as a soldier."
When veterans, especially those who come home with psychological and physical ailments, don't ask for assistance they end up in dire straights quickly. Which is why Stortz thinks these grants have good purpose: To serve those who have already serve all of us.
Stortz said, "They're courageous people and they are the ones that we should honor."
Stortz and Cubbision echoed the same thought, veterans need to be helped before it's too late and if they don't ask, we should offer.
Stortz suggests to any vet without a roof over their head, to go to the local vets' center and seek help just as he did when he was originally diagnosed.