Research shows that loneliness can have negative effects on physical and mental health resulting in depression, anxiety and even heart issues for the average person. But when it comes to our nation's brave veterans, it hits them even harder, often leading to social isolation and in the most tragic cases, suicide.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called loneliness "a deadly epidemic hidden in plain sight. It is as harmful to health as smoking and far more common."
Not to mention, the Covid pandemic made things a lot worse for everyone.
In order to help our veterans with loneliness, the VA has developed Compassionate Contact Corps to help veterans suffering from loneliness get through it, it's a virtual program that pairs VA trained volunteers with lonely and socially isolated Veterans for friendly phone conversations at least once a week.
Jennifer talked this morning to Prince Taylor, Deputy Director for the VA Center for Development & Civic Engagement about the program and how you can volunteer to help.
To find a location with the Compassionate Contact Corps program visit: VA Center for Development and Civic Engagement