Pismo Beach Finds Unique Ways to Support Veterans

It is fairly established that veterans face a wide range of difficulties as they transition from military life to civilian life, making support from the community absolutely critical. Throughout the Central Coast and in Pismo Beach in particular, there have been many events and traditions that have been established with the goal of both supporting the veterans who have recently returned home and showing gratitude for all of those who have served in the past.

“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.

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