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Veterans

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In real life, millions of American veterans have a disability as a result of their service to our country.

No matter whether they’ve lost their vision, like my character did, or they have a less obvious disability like traumatic brain injury or depression…

Our nation's service members, our veterans and their families deserve our thanks… and our support.

Go to charactersunite.com to learn how you can help or get involved.

Take Action

  • Access Rehabilitation Services

    If you're a Veteran, the Department of Veterans Affairs can help you with variety of services, information, benefits and assistance, including vision care and rehabilitation services. Contact your local VA, call 877-222-8387 or go to Veterans Services.

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  • Volunteer Your Time and Talents

    Volunteer your time and talents to support the care of America's veterans. Volunteer at your local VA hospital; make donations of clothing, supplies and other needed items; or attend a Welcome Home event for returning military service members in your neighborhood. The Department of Veterans Affairs has many ways you can help; find opportunities near you.

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  • Educate Yourself and Inform Others

    Access to the right information can make all the difference. In recognition of the service and sacrifice of American veterans with disabilities, their supporters and families, the American Association for People with Disabilities provides a variety of non-profit and government resources to help.

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  • Take Action to Serve America’s Military Families

    Find service opportunities, pledge service hours in honor of military families, send a message of thanks and support to a military family, and more through Joining Forces, a national initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.

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The Facts

  • More than 600 military men and women have returned from the Iraq war as amputees (Source)
  • Approximately 1 in 5 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (Source)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder afflicts an estimated 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan and 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans (Source)

Veterans

The brave members of our military protect and defend our nation every day. In fact, more than 1.6 million United States Troops have been deployed since October 2001 for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.*  As a result of their honorable service to our country, millions of veterans have a disability.

No matter whether it’s a loss of vision, loss of hearing, a lost limb, or less apparent disabilities like traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, our nation’s service members, our veterans and their families deserve our thanks and our support.

* Source: Rand Corporation