A meeting is planned later this month in Wayne for post-Nine-Eleven veterans and their families.
Kim Schultz, emergency response coordinator for the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department, says the goal is to build a statewide action plan to better serve those families.
Schultz says they’ll want to hear what resources or support systems are now available and what’s needed.
She says, “Some of the things we’d like to talk about are, what do they appreciate about being part of the veterans community, what special strengths and assets do military personnel bring to the community and some of the challenges and strengths they may be given along their journey.”
Schultz, who’s a veteran herself, says it can be difficult for some veterans to leave military life and come home.
“We hear a lot in the media about traumatic brain injuries or reassimilating back into a community,” Schultz says. “I’m sure those experiences affect the families as well coming back into the community from being stationed at a military post and now being in the civilian world.”
Schultz says there will be some focus on the gaps in services many veterans experience with the Veterans Administration.
The “Making Connections” community conversation will be held on April 28th from 6-7:30pm at the health department in Wayne.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton