When service members return home and re-integrate themselves into civilian life, they often face challenges related to their time on active duty. The unique strain of military service can prove harmful unless these individuals receive assistance from concerned third parties. Thankfully, such groups are stepping up their efforts to be helpful and improve quality of life for veterans who have returned home. Facing longtime challenges with new technology is one of the interesting trends developing in this space lately.

Valuable counseling via text
A recent Military Times report zoomed in on an effort to connect individuals in crisis with help. The source noted that the military community is coalescing around the service, Crisis Text Line, which was originally developed for teenagers facing difficult situations. Over its three years of operation thus far, the line has branched out into new groups of individuals facing personal crises, veterans among them.

According to Military Times, it's impossible to tell exactly how many service members are receiving these texts due to the confidential nature of the program. That said, the organization behind the service believes military use is up 33 percent over two years. These service members are seeking help facing issues that can be triggered or exacerbated by the strain of life in the armed forces, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among them. Furthermore, financial problems tend to be more common than expected. All of these issues deserve attention to keep sufferers safe.

Due to the line's wide-ranging nature, urgent texts from a number of different groups are receiving replies, the source explained. Military members on active duty can text the line, as can veterans and family members helping their loved ones deal with these issues or facing problems themselves. The line's founder, Nancy Lublin, told Military Times that while the organization does not provide ongoing counseling or therapy, it seeks to assist those in moments of crisis, de-escalating trouble and helping individuals move forward.

A timely text could be life-saving.A timely text could be life-saving.

Filling a vital need
Services that help veterans through crises are valuable and much-needed at present. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a sobering VA report that showed the suicide rate among veterans is still shockingly elevated. The survey, designed to determine an accurate figure of how many veterans commit suicide each day, put the daily figure at 20. That is lower than the 22 a day determined by previous research, but still frighteningly high, showing signs of a persistent crisis in the veterans community.

The Wall Street Journal reported that suicide is most pronounced among older service members, with 65 percent of those who die this way being 50 years old or older. The news source also noted that there are new efforts afoot to try and bring the rate down dramatically. Now, for instance, the VA has committed to holistic treatment methods that will seek out previously undiagnosed issues and hopefully intervene before it is too late. Mobilizing new efforts to save lives is necessary as a wide variety of groups attempt to make life better for those who have given so much to the country through their service.