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Local Red Cross chapter looking to start support group for military families

LA CROSSE, Wis.-- Famlies with soldiers serving overseas often times feel helpless when their loved one comes back with emotional problems like PTSD. Now, there is help.

The Scenic Bluffs Chapter of the Red Cross is hosting an open house for parents, families and friends of deployed service members. They're discussing resources for families and ways to offer support if their loved one is struggling. They also talk about ways to recognize PTSD in a soldier.
Organizers say the most important part is teaching and empowering families to help their loved ones. "Even if the service member is not ready to accept help, if mom or dad know what to do, where to go and what help looks like, they are gonna stay behind that soldier and make sure to try and move them in that direction and they become a part of the recovery process rather than enabling the issues," says Mary Liz Murphy from the Red Cross.

The open house is Tuesday, March 20th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Red Cross office in La Crosse. They are located at 2927 Losey Boulevard. There is no reservation neccessary. And if you are looking for someone to talk to right now, there are several numbers you can call for help:

Vet Center hotline - 1-877-WAR-VETS
La Crosse Vet Center - 608-782-4403
Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-TALK
Defense Center of Excellence - 1-866-966-1020

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