You might find it hard to enjoy the things you usually like doing. You may be having a tough time dealing with the deaths of friends with whom you served. Chronic pain or other medical conditions may pose additional challenges. What can I do about issues related to transitioning from service?
Transcript Audio After Congress failed to pass a farm bill ahead of the midterm elections, a Department of Agriculture program that helps veterans transition into farming faces an uncertain future. For soldiers returning from war, farming can offer a new occupation, reintegration into civilian life and even therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports. Read the Full Transcript Amna Nawaz: We end tonight with two stories about life in rural America. Congress failed to pass a farm bill ahead of the midterm elections. A Department of Agriculture program helping war veterans transition to farming.
My grandpa was a farmer in Mexico. My dad worked for a farmer as a tractor operator.
And when I was 12 years old, I started working with my mom in the fields. As a result, I lost both my legs, two fingertips, took some shrapnel wounds to my right forearm, lost my hearing on my right side. And here I am now. Unable to do traditional farming, he started a bee pollination business in his hometown of Woodland, California, with the help of nonprofit veterans groups.
A small grant from the Farmer Veteran Coalition helped him with his beehives. The rest, he's done on his own, using his disability insurance, and no other government assistance.
Whenever I started looking into all this stuff about farming, and I started looking into programs that can potentially help me out, I didn't find any. Nor could Mike O'Gorman, a career farmer looking for a veterans group assisting new farmers. Recent veterans going into farming are the real one percenters, the less than 1 percent of Americans who are serving in the military or the less than 1 percent of Americans who are still working in agriculture.
That's the lowest rates for both in the country's history.
And as such, their needs connect with several national interests. Bill Ashton, a retired Naval officer, is now the program director for the USDA's new military and veterans agriculture outreach. Fill the shrinking ranks of older American farmers who have been aging out of agriculture by recruiting younger veterans.
The recent survey that we have here at USDA has the average age of a farmer being 58 years old. And about a quarter of all veterans came from and are living in rural America.
I had hardly even seen a cow before I invested in them. And it's kind of been a learning experience since day one. We some talked about farm loan, where he's able to qualify for low financial loans.
Since traditional farm credit programs are designed more for existing and larger farm operations, the Farmer Veteran Coalition is helping the USDA developed smaller micro-loans with reduced experience requirements for veterans more likely to be starting less traditional ag businesses.
We started real small and we crowd-sourced our startup money. We put a GoFundMe page on the Internet, we went on Facebook and basically begged our friends and relatives for money.
And people came through.Our site contains information to help you understand what benefits and services are available for Vermont veterans. The site consolidates information from numerous federal, state, and private organizations in order to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for.
This site provides information on Veterans Benefits, Veterans, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, OEF, OIF, OND, Education, Home Loan benefits, Insurance. There are many veterans support organizations that can help you with the education and career transition, and also the readjustment to civilian life itself.
Organizations That Help Veterans. Developing camaraderie with fellow veterans is one way to ease the transition burden. The Federal Government does not consider Reservist to be Veteran’s unless you had prior Active Duty Service in the full time Military, were called up to Active Duty and served in war time or served 20 year’s in the Reserve.
Eligibility. You must have satisfactory credit, sufficient income, and a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to be eligible for a VA-guaranteed home loan. The home must be for your own personal occupancy. The eligibility requirements to obtain a COE are listed below for Servicemembers and Veterans, spouses, and other eligible beneficiaries.
Certificate of Eligibility. After establishing that you are eligible, you will need a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).The COE verifies to the lender that you are eligible for a VA-backed loan. This page describes the evidence you submit to verify your eligibility for a VA home loan and how to submit the evidence and obtain a COE.