May 17 22

Struggles of Returning Home from War: Veterans Struggle with Mental Health

Tranelle Maner

Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues are a common problem for returning veterans. These men and women have seen horrors that most of us cannot even begin to imagine. They have had experiences that no one ever should have to endure. It is no wonder that so many vets struggle when coming home from war. They must readjust to society, find new careers and cope with the emotional pain of their experiences in combat. This article discusses some of the struggles that many veterans face when returning home from war, including information on veteran support groups and assistance programs as well as helpful tips for adjusting to life after service.

 

Physical and Mental Health Issues

Many veterans struggle with physical and mental health issues when returning home from war. Physical issues can include hearing loss, tinnitus, vision impairment, and other disabilities. Veterans may also experience PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and other mental health issues. Mental health issues among veterans has become a serious issue in the United States. One in five veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars suffer from PTSD or major depression, and many more experience difficulties with anxiety, substance abuse, and other mental health problems. Physical injuries and mental health issues can make it difficult for veterans to find work. They may not be able to handle the physical demands of a job or they may have had to take time off, meaning they have little or no experience in their previous career.

 

Finding a New Career

Many veterans have difficulty finding a new career after returning home from war. This may be because they have difficulty finding work because of physical or mental health issues. It may also be because they have little or no experience in the skills required for their previous job. Having a record of military service is a good thing, as long as you are honest about the work you did and any difficulties with your health. Veterans are often viewed as more responsible, harder workers, and even more loyal to the company than their non-veteran counterparts. Veterans can find new careers in a variety of fields. One of the most common areas for veterans to find work is in the healthcare industry. Other industries that welcome veterans include education, government, law enforcement, and public safety. It is important for veterans to find careers where they will feel fulfilled. It is also important to find a career that is in demand in your area.

 

Regaining Freedom

Many veterans come home from war feeling like they have lost a part of themselves. They feel trapped and restrained in their own lives. They feel as though they are no longer free. These veterans may struggle with depression and anxiety. They may feel lost and without direction in life. Veterans who struggle with these issues may need help finding their freedom again. They may need to find a new purpose in life or re-discover the person they used to be. A part of regaining freedom is learning how to cope with the emotional pain of war. Veterans need to talk to others about their experiences. They need to share their stories with others. It is the only way to process what happened and move past it.

 

Tips for Adjusting to Life After War

Veterans should reach out to their fellow veterans when coming home from war. They should join a veterans support group and stay in touch with their battle buddies. Veterans should also consider attending therapy sessions to cope with the emotional pain of their experiences in combat. Veterans should re-discover their passions and find a new purpose in life. They should also take care of their physical health. Veterans should eat healthy, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. It is also important for veterans to find a new career or at the very least to get their foot in the door in a new field. Veterans should keep in mind that they deserve a good life after serving their country. They deserve good jobs, healthy lifestyles, and fulfilling lives. Most importantly, veterans deserve to be happy.

 

Good News for Veterans

There is good news for veterans who are struggling with re-adjusting to life after war. There are many organizations and programs available for veterans. These programs help veterans readjust to life. They provide resources and assistance for veterans with physical and mental health issues. Veterans can seek help from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This department provides veterans with healthcare and disability benefits. Veterans can also get help from their local American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars. These organizations help veterans readjust to life. They also provide support and assistance to veterans. Veterans may also be able to get help from the Wounded Warrior Project. This organization helps veterans who have been wounded in combat. It provides veterans with assistance and services designed to help them readjust to life. It also provides veterans with information and resources to help them cope with their physical and mental health issues.

 

Wrapping Up

Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues are a common problem for veterans returning from war. These men and women have seen horrors that most of us cannot even begin to imagine. They have had experiences that no one ever should have to endure. Veterans need to talk about their experiences and re-discover their passions and freedom. They also need to take care of their physical health, eat healthy, and get plenty of sleep. It is also important for veterans to find a new career or at the very least to get their foot in the door in a new field. Veterans deserve a good life after serving their country. They deserve good jobs, healthy lifestyles, and fulfilling lives. Most importantly, veterans deserve to be happy.

Jan 17 22

Giving Back to a Community Pillar: Dickie’s Grove Missionary Baptist Church

Tranelle Maner

The heart of HTI’s mission in eliminating the digital divide is making sure all people regardless of age or background have the opportunity to to be well-versed in our technological advancements. 

In keeping with this mission, on January 10 HTI donated three Google Chromebooks to Dickie’s Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Henderson. Dickie’s Grove asked for HTI’s help with providing laptops for their community seniors program, which allows seniors an opportunity to learn basics on computers. 

Grove Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1880 at a prayer meeting at bush harbor in Sandy Creek community.  With a rich history over 100 years old, this church is a major pillar in the community where people seek refuge in many forms. 

Dec 23 21

Helping the Younger Generation — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

When the coronavirus pandemic hit millions of individuals were struck with the realization that they needed to continue their regular lives but did not have the means to do so. One of the most universal examples are those in school who didn’t have the technology at home to continue their lessons or fulfill all their duties. 

Mitchell Barbour is an 11-year-old from Clayton, North Carolina who reached out to HTI to receive a Chromebook laptop to complete his homework and get better tutoring. 

Mitchell’s mother unfortunately passed away earlier this year leaving him and his brother to stay in the home of his grandmother who has no computer at all while his father is at work. 

HTI is excited to announce Mitchell as another recipient of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. We are so happy to help Mitchell in his early days now and see where his education takes him in the future. 

If you would like to help members of the community who are looking to improve their lives through technology, please consider donating to HTI. Visit our website to fill out a donation form or call us to learn how you can help with our efforts.

Dec 22 21

Using Technology to Improve Your Lifestyle — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

Simple things like work and lifestyle management are hard to imagine without consistent access to a computer. 

Alexis Amato of Raleigh, North Carolina is looking to get on her feet and do more for herself with a Chromebook donation from HTI.

Alexis shared with HTI that she’s trying to reenroll in school and apply for a full-time job and would find the best success with her own personal device. 

“ I know everyone takes little things for granted! But you can do so much more even with the simple gift of a computer it will completely make a difference in my world for the better,” she shares. 

As Alexis expressed challenges with her current class attendance and work management, we at HTI are excited to see the development of her future by awarding her a new laptop. 

If you’d like to be apart of someone’s journey in transforming their life or the lives of those they help in the community please visit our website to donate to HTI.

Dec 21 21

Gaining Independence from Personal Technology — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

It’s easily forgotten how access to technology can make a person feel more independent. Especially in our current climate the ability to do things from home allows everyone to still feel like they have some semblance of control or autonomy in such an unpredictable time. 

Raleigh resident, Shaude Cooper has asked for HTI’s help to have this same feeling as she heals from recent health issues and looks to the future. 

As a recipient of HTI’s 12 of Christmas Giveaway, Shaude plans to use her laptop to take online classes toward a nursing degree and become a notary. 

We at HTI are so happy to help Shaude as she looks to become a member of the medical industry, which does so much for our country. 

If you’d like to be apart of someone’s journey in transforming their life or the lives of those they help in the community please visit our website to donate to HTI.

Dec 17 21

Using Technology to Alleviate Stress and Combat Substance Abuse — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

Back in August, HTI discussed how stress can be a catalyst for substance abuse in someone’s life. Stress can be caused by multiple factors including job loss, eviction, and domestic violence. 

Erica Lewis is a mother of five and domestic violence survivor looking to use technology to transform not only her life but those of fellow survivors.

“I have experienced a lot of trauma and I just want to give back and help women that have been through what I have been through,” she said. 

Erica is affiliated with Gang Free Inc. and recently accepted into Liberty University to further my degree. HTI is happy to offer Erica a Google Chromebooks laptop as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.

We are excited to see the positive impact this donation makes on Erica, her children, and all those who will hear her story of triumph. 

If you’d like to be apart of someone’s journey in transforming their life or the lives of those they help in the community please visit our website to donate to HTI.

Dec 16 21

Giving to Those Who Give Back — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

During the holiday season it’s important to recognize those whose giving spirit extends throughout the entire year. Toni Terry of Henderson is a great example of this person serving as the Educational Coordinator at the Salvation Army of Henderson, she tutors children struggling in school. 

Toni asked for HTI’s help to better assist her students with a Google Chromebook and further her own educational studies. 

“While tutoring, I often have times when I try to show my students a better broken down example via video but it’s more difficult without a computer,” she said. 

We at HTI are excited for the future of Toni and her students as consistent access to technology will provide them the opportunity to fully access all resources and excel in whatever they pursue. 

If you would like to help members of the community who are looking to improve their lives through technology, please consider donating to HTI. Visit our website to fill out a donation form or call us to learn how you can help with our efforts.

Dec 15 21

Improving Computer Literacy Across Generations — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

At HTI we believe that learning knows no bounds and that everyone should have the opportunity to be up to date on technology.  As we make our own guides to help more senior individuals understand the growing com cities of the digital space, they can only learn so much without the proper access to technology. 

Henderson citizen Ulice Evans, 65, is just one of many retired individuals with a vitality and thirst for learning and keepi; up with these changing times. 

“With technology rising it is almost impossible to survive without updating your skills in computers,” Evans said. 

Ulice joined the Spoken Existence Ministries class to learn how to better use a Google Chrome tablet and communicate more effectively. However, Ulice realizes that especially in the time of COVID she needs full access to technology when at home and while on the go to communicate with her grandchildren, apply for jobs, and be an active member in her church activities. 

As a loving community member who also serves food to the needy Monday to Friday with The Golden Age Club of Henderson Rec. Dept, Acts of Henderson, we at HTI are thrilled to donate to Ulice as part of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. 

If you would like to help members of the community who are looking to improve their lives through technology, please consider donating to HTI. Visit our website to fill out a donation form or call us to learn how you can help with our efforts.

Dec 14 21

Aiding the Future of Medicine — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

More than any other time, the Coronavirus pandemic emphasized the digital divide or disparity in access to reliable technology. Although the world’s increased digitization propelled many into new fields and levels of education, others struggled to keep up with classes or employment because of their lack of technology. 

One of those people is full-time Vance-Granville Community College student Marian Harris. Marian is a mother and aspiring medical assistant. However, Marian has found it challenging to manage the education of her and her 8th-grade son, who share a laptop to view lessons and complete homework assignments. 

Thankfully, Marian is one of 12 lucky selected individuals to receive a free Google Chromebook donation from HTI as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. 

We at HTI are so excited to see what endeavors lay ahead for her and her family as they reach success with more consistent and accessible technology at hand. Especially in the time of COVID, it’s a pleasure to do our part in aiding the future of medical practice.

Dec 10 21

Medical Careers Readiness

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HTI donated laptops to Medical Careers Readiness of North Carolina (MCR), a medical training center that serves the focused areas of Vance, Warren, Franklinton, and Granville county regions. Donated Chromebooks from HTI helped students to continue their studies and preparation to take National Exams. The impact has been both immediate and profound. Since HTI donated the devices students demonstrated a 30 percent score boosting success rates to 97 percent. MCR expressed strong appreciation for the opportunity to partner with HTI and hopes to receive additional Chromebooks to utilize for the students. MCR provides use of the devices for students that do not have technology resources available to them. As shown in the picture below, needs surpassed current supply. One student even had to rely on her mobile device to take her exam before the donation.

MCR strives to have devices available to help students achieve their goals and become successful. They expressed sincere gratitude for the work HTI does in the community and the impact that it has on small businesses and students’
success. At HTI, we count these successes as victories in the battle to build community resilience. The counties in which we serve have been designated by the government as socially and economically disadvantaged. According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 28 percent of Vance County residents lived below the federal poverty level and 60 percent higher than other NC counties. Based on the statistics, MCR understood the need to promote self-sufficiency to all people including low- and moderate-income families through specialized training programs that offer career development and sustainability.

Thankfully, HTI has been able to help in the past and will continue to support MCR in the future