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

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Research from the VA on those who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq suggests that 10 to 18 percent of troops are likely to have PTSD after they return.

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

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

It's designed to help student veterans get reacquainted 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 the VA 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 into civilian life.

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

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

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

If you're interested in this program you can visit the College Park Office Building on BGSU's campus to get more information.

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