Veterans’ Coming Home Issues Subject Of Panel Discussion

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The Merritt Center is hosting a panel discussion about “Veterans Coming Home” on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Payson campus of Gila Community College.

Rim Country residents will have an opportunity to learn about the issues surrounding the transition of veterans from a combat environment to civilian community life.

Some veterans find it difficult and become frustrated with getting the benefits paperwork completed and through the approval process, organizers said.

Others find their reaction to daily life is quite different after being in the life/death daily life of combat.

Some find their fight/flight response is triggered by harmless noises of everyday life.

You will get ideas of how to support the veterans during this time. There will be suggestions of where services to help with the benefits process can be found.

There are local organizations that can help with reorientation to daily life. Mental health organizations support veterans and their families with therapy and group work.

If you have a returning combat veteran in your family or know one in the community, please come and share your experiences.

Veterans Day celebrations remind us it is time to honor and thank those who have served in the military. Making their transition to civilian life easier is something we all can do.

There will be representatives of groups who support veterans: Rim Guidance, Veterans Helping Veterans, The Merritt Center, and former combat veterans to answer questions and give insight into the issues of “Veterans Coming Home.”

The panel discussion will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., Nov. 12 at Gila Community College

For more information call: Betty Merritt, (928) 474-4268.

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