NWA Community Combating PTSD

SPRINGDALE, AR--Some Northwest Arkansas veterans and their families are saying they're struggling to find medical care, and for vets with post traumatic stress disorder, medical assistance at home is something they desperately need.

The Fayetteville Mental Health Consumer Council met on Saturday with veteran families to discuss what's needed, and how they can find help.

"They're not getting the kind of help they need, to understand what's going on with PTSD," said Vietnam War veteran Jim Hale. "My family never received any help. It created a disconnect in my family of lack of understanding, and as veterans work hard to get better, the familes are left behind."

Hale, like others, turn to their families after coming home from war, but with little to no assistance from the VA, parents say... They are struggling at home.

"One of the things that happens consistently is that mothers, will come to me and say I don't know what to do. He's not the same since he got back and I don't know what to do for him," said Pamela Foster of the Mental Health Consumer Council. Her husband is a war veteran and she sees similar situations from familes who need assistance the most.
"I take care of myself, and I go out and I do what I need to do,"...but " I love him more because I actually have a break and I can get out."

This was the first of many workshops held by the consumer council, but Hale said there is still more to be done.

"The community now needs to take the next step and continue to move this forward."

If you need assistance and missed Saturday's session, there will be a summit on August 21st. For details click here.

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