“Many veterans are proud of their service and are hesitant to seek out assistance during times of need,” said Arturo Alvarez Demalde. “This is why it is so important to create a network of support in which the community is essentially reaching out to its veterans rather than it having to be the other way around.”
Demalde’s suggestion is strikingly similar to the one espoused by Kareem Elsirafy, who has also advocated for greater support for veterans in the process of transitioning from active duty to civilian life. This is a much more common issue than most people realize, particularly since many in the military feel that seeking help in the transition to civilian life is a sign of weakness. This is not the case, as the majority of veterans experience some level of difficulty under these circumstances.
Elsirafy would likely be pleased to learn of the community events that take place in Pismo, where local businesses often offer free or discounted products and services while also raising awareness of the services available to veterans. Restaurants often offer a free meal while health and fitness clubs offer free passes to veterans, creating a community support system in which veterans feel valued for their service and feel comfortable seeking assistance when necessary.