Joining Community Forces hosts event to discuss veteran challenges
Joining Community Forces hosted community specialists and members at Carroll College to discuss the challenges and issues veterans and their families face.
The event showcased several different scenarios to pose as challenges veterans often face such as substance abuse, housing, and employment.
The lack of basic needs was also discussed as well as personal financial counseling and educational opportunities.
Some veterans said finding the right service provider can be confusing.
Deb Matteucci is a veteran whose nephews are active Navy.
"It's important to me on a very personal level that the services are there and they are honored and respected the way they should be and this really shouldn't be that hard to take care of your basic needs and be successful," Matteucci said.
According to Luke Urich, a veteran, experiences are sometimes not shared.
"There is a problem with veterans right or always has been," he said. "The relatability issue of a veteran speaking with a civilian, there's somewhat of a barrier there."
The Helena JCF has more than 45 veteran resource providers under one hub, which makes navigation easier.