As we approach the official celebration of Veterans Day on November 11th, it seems timely to reflect on the history of service of our brave military heroes; our nation’s veterans. Interestingly, the U.S. Veterans Administration notes that 22 million veterans have reintegrated back into civilian life since World War I. The reintegration often proves difficult for veterans as they face numerous challenges, including finding meaningful employment to support themselves and their families. They sometimes lack the skills, education and credentials for jobs in the current marketplace. Many also have physical and emotional disabilities, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Still others face non-work-related challenges such as lack of health care, child care, housing and transportation. At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we take a holistic approach. Our programs and services streamline re-entry and reduce the stressors of an already challenging time in the lives of returning military members. Many veterans who approach Goodwill for career services are surprised to find that they can gain much more than just job search assistance. Locally, Ohio Valley Goodwill’s services focus on housing and family stability as well as assistance with skill training and employment. In 2012, more than 700 veterans and their families were provided supports through Ohio Valley Goodwill’s comprehensive veterans services programs. Since the early 1990’s, Goodwill has been honored to help thousands of local veterans successfully transition back into community life. As we approach this Veterans Day holiday, Ohio Valley Goodwill would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of the veterans who have served our country. We stand ready to help our nation’s heroes to attain personal success for themselves, their families and the betterment of our community. For more information about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s programs and services for veterans, please visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services or call (513) 631-4500.