The South Carolina branches of the Army and Air National Guard have joined forces to help veterans and their families during deployment and upon their return home.
In a recent interview with Greenwood affiliate WLMA, South Carolina Adjutant General Robert Livingston says, while a key part of the services are to help families cope while the veteran is deployed, it is also important to have programs in place to help with the adjustment period when the soldier returns home. He said the period of separation often means the solider, as well as the family, may have undergone changes from an emotional, physical, and other standpoints.
AUDIO: General Livingston says both the family and the soldier must readjust after deployment ends
Colonel Ronald Taylor is helping to coordinate the services provided for veterans, active soldiers, and their families in South Carolina. Taylor told WLMA that the services address nearly every aspect of the soldier’s life and the needs of the soldier’s family. Taylor says during this time high unemployment, a very vital service that is being provided to veterans and their families is the civilian job search component.
AUDIO: Taylor helps coordinate services for soldiers and families
Anne Eller of Greenwood affiliate WLMA contributed to this report