Help available for U.S. veterans battling the Afghanistan fallout

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You can help a veteran by referring them to the American Legion if they are feeling depressed or showing signs of isolation.

“Since the withdrawal of the American forces, a lot of Afghan veterans and even some of the Vietnam veterans are quite unhappy about some things. They just feel a sense of isolation and helplessness, ”said Paul Norton of the American Legion in Marion County on WIBC’s first day with Terri Stacy.

“Unfortunately, family members don’t recognize this sign, the closed door doesn’t bother me at all,” he said.

Norton said he personally knew what it was like to experience depression and PTSD from his time in the service.

“There were gunshots and some of my buddies were killed and I had PTSD because of it because I can’t stand the sound of a tire explosion or loud noises. I can’t be in a really crowded room.

Norton said he found solace as a master gardener in his hometown of Greenfield.

“The last census we got from 2020 from the VA government report indicated that there were 6,435 US veterans who died by suicide in 2018,” the retired Master Sgt said. of the Army. Bruce Curry, also with the American Legion.

He said studies have shown that when people seek help they are less likely to kill themselves, but they need to know that help is available.

“We must help and support our soldiers who are fighting an internal battle after their return from the conflict. It’s our job to do it.

Curry said the American Legion helps its members by calling them and making personal contact with a program called “Buddy Check.” September is Suicide Prevention Month.


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