Veteran Support Groups Bridge the Gap Between the VA and a Successful Transition

Not all Veterans are created equal. Some are young, many are older. Some leave the military with visible trauma such as amputees, and some have no physical damage, but suffer internally with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

One thing that unites all veterans is their merit to high quality care and service. The Office of Veterans Affairs was created to aide Veterans in their transition – but navigating the system overwhelming. Add to that veterans that suffer psychological damage, or physical trauma that makes navigating the VA benefits system nearly impossible – like Lt. Brad Snyder who lost his eyesight after and IED went off while he tried to save a fellow EOD tech.

SargesList CEO Lisa Klinkhammer knows the challenges of the VA system well. She spent years helping her father, a Vietnam Veteran,  get the benefits that he was entitled to after suffering from many of the physical effects of Agent Orange he was exposed to in war. It took nearly six years to get his benefits Рhe passed on a short time later. SargesList was created in his honor.

Necessity is the child on invention, which is why Veteran service groups, like Wounded Warriors and The COMMIT Foundation have surfaced. They knew there was a gap in the system that needed to be filled. Lt. Brad Snyder’s injuries left him blind, making him more dependent on other people to help him navigate the VA system. Brad Snyder credits The COMMIT Foundation¬†a small non-profit organization that helps veterans by harnessing their power of mentoring and networking. COMMIT dedicated their time and resources¬†to¬†ensure Lt. Brad Snyder had a home, furnishings, a job he could thrive in and of course, the resources he needed to prepare for and compete at the 2012 London Paralympics.

The benefits of Veteran groups like The COMMIT Foundation have lasting effects on the lives of Veterans and ¬†their families. They even help lessen the anxiety that many military spouses live with constantly. “I know that if anything happens to my husband while he is out in country, we will be taken care of. Not just financially, because the money isn’t an issue when someone gets hurt. Its help with applying for benefits, knowing where to go, who to talk to, and just knowing that there IS help. I don’t have an overwhelming feeling that life will be over if my husband comes home injured, and doesn’t know where to start the transition process,” says Carmen Grant, Media Manager at

Veterans groups like The COMMIT Foundation are the safety nets catch the people that could fall through the bureaucratic cracks. 

To learn more about Lt. Brad Snyder in the Paralympics and his efforts to help Veterans succeed via The COMMIT Foundation, visit the Team Brad 2012  website.

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