New Programs Being Created to Help Veterans with PTSD

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - It's not always an easy adjustment for soldiers coming back from war. Many of them suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's such a big problem that the state is shelling out money to create programs aimed at addressing the issue.

A new program in Big Spring is up running to help veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, otherwise known as PTSD.

The West Texas Centers for Mental Health and Mental Retardation and the VA are working together in this one of a kind program.

"Its difficult to talk to people who haven't been in a war, about how it has affected you," Group Leader, Will Hoggard, said.

War veteran Will Hoggard suffers from PTSD and helps run the in the Zone Peer Support Group in Big Spring.

"I suffer from PTSD, the meetings to me are the highlight of my week," Hoggard said.

Just in the first month of these meetings, 23 people are already attending and members feel they're already seeing the benefits.

"Received excellent feedback, we're really benefiting a great deal from it," Hoggard said.

These meetings are geared specifically to veterans but their family members are welcome to join in for additional support.

"The meeting is confidential, we talk about how we adjust from being in a war zone and back with your family," Hoggard said.

The group meets once a week at the VA Hospital every Thursday at 6:30. They also have a second group for the veterans that are in the Howard County jail.