As we honor our military men and women this Veterans Day, the ORIX Foundation would like to build awareness around the needs of our local veterans and the nonprofits that serve them. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Texas has the second largest population of veterans in the U.S., with over 1,675,000 living in our state. However, many of these men and women require more services than the VA can provide.
Tonya Moore and her son
Tonya Moore, Senior Litigation Paralegal at ORIX and board secretary for the ORIX Foundation, is also the mother of a combat veteran. She volunteers and supports Spirit of a Hero and Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, two of her favorite charities that provide assistance to veterans. Through her work with these charities and experiences with her son, she has seen first-hand how the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can make a soldier’s life after service challenging for soldiers and their loved ones.
“The difficulty is significantly compounded because combat vets think they should be able to control their symptoms. They become frustrated, angry and depressed when they discover they cannot.” Moore said. “These are men and women who are inherently strong, proud, capable and courageous. They withstood great physical and mental challenges in combat, which makes it even harder for them to understand why they cannot control PTSD symptoms.”
Common symptoms include hyper vigilance in public, increased adrenaline (fight/flight response), insomnia, anxiety or changed behaviors and feelings, which can cause relationship problems, joblessness, drug abuse and more.
“Many of our veterans lack the financial capability or support system to get the help they need,” Moore added. “It is our duty as Americans to help those who were brave enough to fight for our country. Corporations can also play a role in this effort by providing employees with time, encouragement and opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.”
In addition to supporting veterans’ causes, Moore serves on the board of Rainbow Days, and has provided countless hours of service to the ORIX Foundation over the past four years. You can find a list of all the veterans’ charities funded by ORIX Foundation in our annual report. Please contact us if you’d like to make a contribution to support a local charity that serves our veterans.