Spokane therapists urge veterans to seek help




Posted on February 28, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 5:05 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – The challenges are as numerous as the changes for veterans returning home to Spokane after experiencing war.

Lutheran Community Services just expanded its services to help meet that demand. The non-profit’s veterans outreach coordinator, Michael Wilson, said when veterans can’t find a good fit back in society, they isolate themselves.

“You know, we learned in Vietnam, guys came back and they  just disappeared. They went into the woods and they became hermits and they’re still out there,” Wilson said. “We’re finding now, a lot of young men are coming home – young women – and they’re withdrawing from society.”

Wilson said Spokane has the services to get back to living civilian lives, including Lutheran Community Services as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs. But, he cautioned, those services only help when veterans come forward and recognize they need help.

Two upcoming events in Spokane aim to help our local veterans get in touch with the services they need:

--Building Healing Communities for Veterans Conference

March 12-13

Gonzaga University School of Law

721 N. Cincinnati St.

RSVP to KJKegerreis@GSSAC.org by March 6

--Fair at the LAIR

March 14

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Main lobby in building 6 (LAIR)

Contact Glenn Talmage at g.talmage@washingtonvetcorps.org

For more information on health care for veterans visit hc4vets.org