While Memorial Day is a great time to reflect on military service members lost while serving, it is just as important to remember those who lost their battle upon returning home.
Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast for a special Memorial Day episode. He spoke about his experience in the military, transitioning into civilian life and more.
Serving in the military
Attig graduated high school as the war on terror was in its early stages. As an 18 year old, he felt dedicating himself to his country was the best thing he could do to make a difference.
His battle did not end after serving and returning to civilian life, a feeling felt by many veterans. Attig struggled with trauma, mental health issues and more. After going through this he began working to help others going through the same thing.
Speaking about Memorial Day and his experience, he said we need to remember those who return home and continue to struggle.
Transitioning out of the military
Attig faced many issues upon transitioning out of the military. Most notably the loss of purpose drove him to seek a job where he could make a difference. The stability of a union job greatly helped him overcome this loss of purpose.
After struggling with various issues in the civilian world, Attig encouraged any veterans listening to reach out for help. Many veterans group together in careers, like in the postal industry. At over 30 percent of their workforce, the U.S. Postal Service heavily relies on the abilities of veterans while giving them a place to work with their peers.
Finally, Attig said the PRO Act is a step in the right direction for veterans. It will give them the opportunity to better themselves collectively. America did not make it this far based on individualism, people need to be able to come together.