Article submitted by Metroport Veterans Association member and TC resident, Jim Parrow.
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.
Recently some veterans that live here in Trophy Club got together and had an idea. Let's meet every month for breakfast! No obligation, inexpensive, just an opportunity share coffee and chat with other veterans. Currently we are meeting at 9am on the second Saturdays of the month at Meat-U-Anywhere BBQ in Trophy Club.
Originally named the Trophy Club Veterans Association, it was decided to rename the group to Metroport Veterans Association, to reflect our desire to include Veterans from all the communities that surround Trophy Club. Our Facebook page is “Metroport Veterans Association” is where we share Association Information regarding the Monthly Breakfast in addition to Veteran Related Information.
Should you desire, as a veteran, family member of a veteran or resident who desires to support your local veterans and keep up with the latest information regarding veterans, please go to our FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/TCVeterans/ and click on the JOIN button.
Should you have any questions regarding our Association, please feel free to contact any of the following individuals, and we Thank You for Your Service!