Programs available for veterans who need help after their military service

FLINT (WJRT) - (11/09/2018) - The gunman from the deadly California bar shooting this week was a former U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan.

He had sought mental health treatment before the shooting, which killed 17 people. Experts in Mid-Michigan said there are resources available for veterans who face challenges on a day-to-day basis.

"It's very difficult to say, 'Hey, I've got something going on here' because a lot people in general, military members, veterans included value self-reliance," said Amy Collings, a psychologist who works with veterans.

She understands why veterans need help, because moving from the military culture to civilian life can be tough.

"That is a period of adjustment for a lot of individuals where having support and kind of looking at different things that are helpful to help ease that transition," Collings said.

However, there are a number of therapy groups to help veterans cope with PTSD.

"We have a mental health team that is a comprehensive team that looks at many different aspects for treatment, meeting the individual veteran's needs," Collings said.

Individuals can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255. It''s available 24/7 with trained VA workers. Many of them are veterans themselves, so they know how to relate to people who need help.

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