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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Mount Vernon, OH: Returning Vet Support Group Organizes

The people in Ohio are doing an outstanding job of standing up in support of our troops in tangible and important ways. This weekend I wrote of a new support program, the Veteran Freedom Fighters of America, starting up in Sebring, OH; and today there's word that the Mental Health Association of Knox County, OH (including Mount Vernon) is hosting an organizational meeting tomorrow to "solicit interest in getting a [PTSD support] group going in the county." The meeting will take place Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 7 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Room A and B. Call 740-397-3088 for more information.

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From the Mount Vernon News:

Many in the community are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, and the Mental Health Association of Knox County has received many calls expressing an interest in a support group for those who have been diagnosed with this disorder. An organizational meeting will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Room A and B, to solicit interest in getting a group going in the county. Several agencies in the county, such as the Knox County Red Cross, the Knox County Veterans Services and hospice, have been invited to attend and provide information and resources. ...

Despite the very painful and real effects of PTSD, treatment is often successful. Among the treatments is individual psychotherapy, medication, family therapy is sometimes recommended, and peer-counseling groups. A peer-support group encourages survivors of similar traumatic events to share their experiences and reactions to them.

The Mental Health Association of Knox County, 11 W. Gambier St., invites anyone who thinks they may benefit from sharing their feelings and experiences with others to attend the meeting. For more information call 397-3088.

I wish this takes off, and a hat tip to the community for making this happen!

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