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Veterans Day: Honoring Service & Recognizing Unique Challenges for 100 Years

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:28 pm
by Administrator
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Veterans Day is a nationwide movement for a reason. According to the most recent Census statistics, there are over 18 million veterans in the United States.[1]

Between relatives, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and others, most of us know at least one person who has served. What we now know as Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day and marked the anniversary of the end of World War I.[2]

It was first recognized in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson and was made a holiday in 1938.[3] It should be understood that the Veterans Day holiday is not why we celebrate – it's a reminder.

But Veterans Day should also serve as a time to think about the challenges that those who have served face after returning home. Finding a civilian job and reconnecting with loved ones after being away are big enough challenges on their own, but veterans also often struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and addiction, including gambling addiction. Did you know that gambling addiction is treatable?

>> Why Veterans are at Risk for Gambling Addiction

Prevalence research indicates that veterans and active military members are twice as likely to develop a gambling addiction than the general population. Did you know that there are nearly 3,000 slot machines on overseas military bases?[4]

As many as 56,000 active duty personnel meet the criteria for problem gambling![4]

Life is different when you're an active military member. Many of the conveniences we're used to in everyday civilian life, like an abundance of entertainment choices and relatively flexible schedules, don't apply. On-base slot machines or even a simple deck of cards make it easy to engage in gambling when there may not be much else to do.

Gambling can be a safe recreational activity for most adults. But for those who lose the ability to control their betting activity, the results are devastating: from financial woes to anxiety, depression, relationship troubles, and even suicidal ideation. On top of that, gambling addiction is still widely misunderstood. Unfortunately, stigma prevails, and the majority of those who are suffering don't reach out for help as a result.

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