Helping veterans after service takes teamwork

Na Moku Ola

May 30, 2011
By Paul Laub , For The Maui News

The wars continue, and veterans are made every day. We, the people, live securely because of these men and women.

George Orwell once said: “We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us.”

These rough men and now women did not start out that way. They were sweet babies in their mother’s arms who grew up to take up the responsibility for our safety. They “all paid some and some paid all.”

On Memorial Day, we pay homage to those who gave their “all.” However, there is the rest of the year.

Many veterans are still paying through the injuries that they suffered during their service. Even those not injured pay when they come back and reintegrate into the “normal” society they left behind.

The rate of general unemployment is 9 percent; for veterans it is 11 percent. Jobless veterans may call Donn Mitsuyuki of the Department of Labor at 984-2091. He has jobs.

Other veterans who are having reintegration or other problems should contact Tamickco Jackson of the state Office of Veteran Services at 873-3145.

Reintegration, like the rest of life, is a team effort. This is really important. Those veterans having trouble with reintegration should join a church, get involved with the community or volunteer with sports programs, the food bank or any of the many local organizations. Through this interaction with others, veterans will be able to ease themselves back into society.

Want to start a home-based business? Help make it possible by getting into the political process. Our County Council will be taking up this issue. The WWII returning veterans changed this state by becoming involved. Today’s veterans can get involved too.

* Paul Laub is president of the Maui County Veterans Council. Na Moku Ola means “The Islands of Life,” with special focus on Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe and the ideals of health and vigor we pursue.

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