Not only does the Crisis Center deal with Veterans, but also current service members transitioning out of the Military back into the Civilian World. This is a huge readjustment for a lot of Service Members.
When you join the Military, an entity much greater than yourself, it is almost surreal. You become part of a bigger picture. There is a sense of pride, cohesiveness, and camaraderie. You are around like-minded individuals all striving for excellence and doing their part to serve our Country. You are amongst your fellow battles day in and day out. They are practically family.
Then one day either by choice or not, you leave the Military lifestyle. A lifestyle that you lived and breathed. Every decision and choice made revolved around that lifestyle.
So, when you retire or leave to pursue other things, that whole World is gone, and everything is different. This can make transitioning into Civilian life a lot harder than imaginable. The structure, routine, expectations, and sometimes friendships are no longer present. Upon, reentering the civilian world, you quickly realize how different it is from the Military.
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay offers many resources for our Veterans, if you feel the need for their service, please feel welcomed to reach out! They are professional and highly trained in what they do. Don’t suffer alone or feel that you need to. It is okay to reach out for help. You matter, and you have so much to offer the world, believe that! Once a solider, always a solider, you can do this!