And why is accessibility so important to the successful use of technology to form connections?
Cognitive, learning, and neurological disabilities that involve neurological disorders, as well as behavioral and mental health disorders, all impact how well people process and comprehend information. This can be particularly true for the veteran population. According to the ADA Network,2 nearly a third or, 3.5 million, of the 12 million veterans ages 21-64 (prime working age) report having a disability. Of those, more than 10% have difficulty with issues including hearing, vision and cognition.
Veterans are also, for various reasons, more susceptible to depression and worse. Almost 20 veterans a day die by suicide. Jeff said even veterans who successfully transition from the military to the business world can struggle to find purpose in their work and establish the sense of community they had in the service.
Jeff said the isolation that COVID-19 demands and the environmental, social and political unrest occurring in the world make it easy for anyone to slip into a 'cave mentality.' That 'cave' can be the worst place in the world for someone who may already be in a less than ideal mental state. That's where technology comes into play during a pandemic - whether it's you or someone you care about who may be struggling.
'Stay engaged - don't check out,' he said.
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