BGSU offering VA program, helping student veterans adjust to student life

BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) - Research from the VA on those who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq suggeststhat 10 to 18 percent of troops are likely to have PTSD after they return.

Service members are also at risk for depressionand excessive drinking and tobacco use, along with issues with others.

Now a new mental health program at BGSU isbeing offered to help student veterans get accustomed to student life.

It's designed to help student veterans getreacquainted with civilian life. And Ann Arbor VA social worker Brittany Powers says they're the only school in Ohio to have a program like it.

"This is really an opportunity to bring theVA outside of the VA," said Powers. "To bring healthcare services on campus."

The program offers adjustment classes, support,PTSD support, and several other mental health programs.

Student veteran Douglas Deprest participates in the program and says it's really helped him adjust back intocivilian life.

"It's a difficult transition," said Deprest. "And it can bea little stressful, especially when you have to go back into school. It had tobe 6 or 7 years since I was in a classroom, so that was a big adjustment aswell."

Deprest says that having someone to talk to that'swith the VA helps him feel more comfortable and understood.

"You feel like, as a veteran, they knowwhat you're talking about, what you're going through," said Deprest. "It's sometimes tough whenthings are down and maybe other people don't understand. I think this programreally helps."

If you're interested in this program you canvisit the College Park Office Building on BGSU's campus to get moreinformation.

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