Veterans sacrifice everything to defend the USA from overseas, and their service doesn’t stop once they’ve returned to civilian life. This admirable duty in all walks of life is something often honored in daily life in Hurricane, most recently seen in the Washington County Fair ceremony honoring Korean War vets. St George News highlighted their sacrifice, and what the community wanted to do to say thanks. For veterans, several other factors are making life in the Hurricane Valley community one to cherish.
The past two years have seen national house prices skyrocket. Utah, and Hurricane in particular, is no stranger to this – the Salt Lake Tribune has tracked a surge in prices above the $340,000 level. This can be difficult for those looking to purchase, but state-wide schemes help veterans to get on the ladder. This first help up the chain is important for home buying veterans who sorely need the comfort and sense of security that homes provide. Interest rates remain low at the moment; that’s good news for house buying, and for picking up a new home loan. Tackling the challenge of large deposits is what schemes for veterans achieve.
In addition to providing housing at preferential rates, the state and its community have helped to safeguard vulnerable veterans. Veterans experience disability at a far greater rate than the general populace, which isn’t surprising considering the rigors of active service. Medical care is provided for by the VA, but state-wide schemes, for instance, preferential COVID vaccination, have added another layer of protection for veterans who are often most in need of care and support.
The ceremony for Korean War veterans held in Hurricane is one of many small gestures that help veterans to really feel included. WBUR highlights the fact that many veterans deal with the lasting effects of war for their entire lives; this is something hard for civilians to perceive. Everyday gestures of inclusion and thanks can stack up to make a world of difference for the average returning war hero.
Offering support, both physical and mental, is the key to helping veterans feel included. Hurricane and Utah as a whole do a better job than most, but there’s always more than can be done. Always bear in mind what you can do to make a veteran feel better, whether they’re in your community or further afield.