[Audio] Vets Helping Vets, New Program Making Strides

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 at 6:30 am

Today is Veterans Day. It is a day to remember and honor the brave men and women who give their life for their country in the armed services. These men and women are doing what they can to keep America safe, but who is protecting them when they come home?

Rep. Jeremy Kalin

Forty-five of 50 states participated in a 2007 study by CBS News. The study found that in 2005 alone, there were over 6,200 suicides of people who served in the military. This problem grabbed the attention of Representative Jeremy Kalin in January.

Kalin is working with veterans throughout the state on a peer program that aims at providing vets of all ages with a support system to deal with issues, like Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, once they are back home and out of the service.

The idea sprouted from a veterans round-table held in Cambridge earlier this year. Kalin says it important to bring the issue to the forefront and offer veterans needed resources for managing these complex issues.

What is the Vets Peer Counseling Program?

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Has your work with the Vets Peer Program given you a different perspective on Veteran’s Day?

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What needs to be done to raise more awareness on veteran support?

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What services are available for veterans, outside of the peer counseling, that may not get enough attention?

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What will be done in the upcoming legislative session to move the program forward?

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Kalin says there are already over a dozen veteran peer groups formed throughout the state that are being facilitated by professional counselors who are also combat veterans. The peer facilitator training is still in development. Kalin adds that groups are also up and running in Missouri.

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