Recently some veterans that live here in Trophy Club got together and had an idea. Let's meet the first Saturday of every month for breakfast! No obligation, inexpensive, just an opportunity share coffee and chat with other veterans. Currently we are meeting at 9am on first Saturdays at Fuzzy's Tacos in Roanoke. Once we have a breakfast spot within Trophy Club (and they are being built), we'll move locations so we can further support our community.
2016 Breakfast Meeting Dates: 2/6, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7, 6/4, 7/2, 8/6, 9/3, 10/8, 11/5, 12/3.
Please plan to join us for breakfast on the dates listed above. Look for the Trophy Club Veterans Association on Facebook and you'll find the breakfast event listed there. We hope to see you at a breakfast and thank you for your service.
Did you know that the US Census tells us that about 10% of the US population are veterans? That means right here in Trophy Club there are about 1,300 veterans. The VA tells us that 1% of the US population are post 9/11 veterans, and that when those newest veterans are well and quickly integrated into their community that they lead the way in becoming educated, starting businesses and positively impacting their communities.
We also know that veterans who have a rough time integrating - finding a job, making friends in a new place, networking - that they tend to isolate, self-medicate, and have difficulties with their financial situation, with relationships, and with staying in school. Those of us who are VA patients also know the VA tends to throw medication at problems, and often that medication exacerbates the isolation.
What's the best way to keep a veteran from isolating and get them networked? Get him or her connected with other veterans in the neighborhood! Create opportunities for veterans to gather and get to know each other. It's darn difficult to meet other veterans, especially another veteran that is the same branch of the service and same military specialty as yourself - but I bet in the 1,300 veterans in Trophy Club there is a close match. Wouldn't you enjoy talking with another veteran with a similar background as yourself? How about it that veteran was a youngster just coming home?
We have an opportunity - no, make that an obligation - to create an environment where our newest veterans, those who volunteered while we are a country at war can quickly connect with other veterans. Veterans who are already transitioned, have jobs, and belong to Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, church groups, etc. These veterans - WE veterans - can help our brave young men and women coming home from the service connect and network.
If they are connected and networked, they won't isolate. They'll stay in school, because we will mentor and encourage them to do so. We'll network them to our friends in the community, and they'll find great jobs.