"Every day is Veterans' Day to me," says Patrick Welch, Director of the Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services. "We remember those who we served with who survived and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice."
Welch says for veterans who have been in combat, it's tough to adjust to civilian life. "It's a very calm area that you have trouble adjusting from an adrenaline filled life, to what many people consider a sedentary life that gets boring. You're adjusting to a new normal," says Welch.
Welch says he's trying to help veterans get services they've earned serving our country. "Particulary for new veterans, they're entitled to five free years of health care services. That's very important for those going back to school or to a job that doesn't carry health insurance, that they can go to the VA for health care services," notes Welch. He says the outreach doesn't stop with veterans. "Quite often the veteran will not register for health services but if we get the family to understand the benefits, they become a big part of getting them to do it," says Welch who says visibility is important in sending that message to veterans.