The most common mental health issue among veterans
is post traumatic stress disorder.
The tomah V-A is working to make it easier for local
vets to get access to help.
News eight's Kyle Dimke has more.
- Yeah as a military member it's hard to ask for help,
but it's there.
Take that step and go get it.
Chris Chandler served nine years as a Marine.
but a few years ago found himself struggling with
He eventually reached out to the Tomah VA for help.
CC: 2- Honestly before I even step foot in I had no
idea, I didn't even consider the VA as an option for
me and then obviously I'm really glad that I did.
Dr: 2- We know that a large number of veterans, at
some point in their lives, will have a diagnosis,
a mental health diagnosis, or need some kind of mental
David Skripka says everyone in attendance is dedicated
to helping veterans in different ways...
The goal now is piecing them all together to better
serve the needs of veterans in our area.
One service based in La Crosse County is Veterans
JB: 2- we try to get mentors attatched to these veterans.
Try to get them over the stigma of admitting that
they have a behavioral health issue or at least seek
out whether they have that and if they're found to
have a behavioral health issue they can get the treatment
that's going to reduce their risk to reoffened.
Key note speaker and La Crosse County Judge Todd Bjerke
says research has proven that treatment-based courts
have a big impact on changing a person's behavior.
JB: 5- That the best way to try to deal with these
veterans, at least in our area, is to locate and train
Chandler says his experience with the VA has been
His advice to anyone out there struggling with any
type of mental illness.
just ask for help.
CC: 5- When you kind of lose yourself for a little
bit, you step foot into the VA and there's people
that understand and kind of fill the cracks in your
foundation that you already have.
It's definitely about finding yourself again
reporting from tomah kyle dimke news 8