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November 9, 2017

Each year our country takes a collective pause and honors our Veterans. Over the course of American history, no group has given more to preserve, protect, and honor American values and our way of life.

For many around the world, America is a symbol for freedom and democracy. We have our veterans to thank for that.

Here at The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, we believe part of honoring Veterans is understanding what they endured to serve our country and protect our freedoms.

This Veteran’s Day, we ask you to remember our veterans and acknowledge all they have done for us as a country.

From PTSD to trouble re-acclimating to civilian life—being a Veteran isn’t easy. In our organization, we see Veterans often struggle with addiction, specifically gambling addiction.

Furthermore, approximately 1-2% of adults in America which equates to millions of people, meet the criteria for problem gambling each year. However, the rate of problem gambling is much higher for veterans. It is estimated that 4% of active duty service members and veterans, a rate that’s approximately 2 times higher than that of the general population suffer from a gambling addiction.

Here is a short video which outlines a growing, and not often discussed problem with our nation’s service men and women.

Honoring Veteran’s means giving them the care and support they truly deserve.  Should you know a veteran who struggles with gambling, please pass along our 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine so they can receive the resources that can assist them to get back on track.

To learn more about our services, visit us on the web at www.gamblinghelp.org and also you can download our military toolkit titled “Combat Gambling Addiction” for free by clicking on the following link:  http://www.gamblinghelp.org/resources/toolkits.  This toolkit offers a wealth of resources regarding this population including screening materials, and information for treatment professionals who counsel veterans and active military service members.