posted on April 24, 2012 16:51
There will be a forum at City Church at 7p.m.Tuesday. The presentation is entitled “Understanding the Invisible Wounds of War” and will discuss the mental health issues our veterans are facing.
It will showcase the many avenues of support that the county offers for war veterans. Director of the Genesee Veterans Support Network Dee Quinn-Miller said one out of five veterans coming home from Iraq or Afghanistan suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome or traumatic brain injury.
“It also helps the families understand that if they do have a veteran who is at home experiencing this right now or is coming home and they experience this is that we’re in this for the long-haul to as a community to support them,” said Quinn-Miller.
There will be two guest speakers at tonight’s forum talking about the seriousness of PTSD and TBI. Quinn-Miller said many suffers experience nightmares, aggression, anxiety and stress due to those issues.
“People were returning from world war two and Vietnam, no body talked about it. They pretty much came home and changed into civilian clothes and it was life as usual and they were indeed experiencing these same kinds of symptoms and those individuals are coming to places now to get help, because they’ve been suffering all these years, many in silence,” said Quinn-Miller.
Veterans and their family are encouraged to come. Material shown during the presentation may be a little graphic. Mental health counselors will be on site.
Genesee Veterans Support Network is a non-profit organization that links veterans with the support they may need.