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Welcome Home Vets continues wellness program offerings

Welcome Home Vets, a local nonprofit that provides free psychotherapy for veterans and their families living with combat and other military-related psychological trauma, will continue its fall quarter Veterans Family Wellness Program.

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, “PTSD, TBI and Military-Related Psychological Trauma,” an interactive discussion, will explore the symptoms, physical changes and treatment associated with three major conditions — post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder and depressive symptoms, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) — the invisible wounds of war.

The class is the second in a four-part series aimed at increasing awareness of the challenges facing service members and their families upon return to civilian life. Classes in the fall quarter run through Nov. 4. They need not be taken in any order, and the public may join the series at any time.

“PTSD, TBI and Military-Related Psychological Trauma” will address three conditions that are assessed most extensively in service members returning from combat and which often overlap. It also will explore the impact of this and other problems on the veteran’s family and friends.

Other classes in the series include “Alcohol, Drugs and Codependency” (Oct. 28), which afflicts veterans and their families of all service eras; and “Medications and PTSD” (Nov. 4), which examines medications used to treat — but not cure — PTSD, as there is as yet no cure.

Welcome Home Vets is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 2009 to provide free psychological services, education, referrals and advocacy for military veterans, active duty military and their families living with PTSD and other military-related psychological conditions.

The organization also provides community education about the effects of military-related psychological trauma on the individual, family and community. For a schedule of upcoming classes, see the “Community Education” page at http://www.welcomehomevets.org.

For information, contact Pat Carroll at (530) 272-3300 or via email to pcarroll@welcomehome vets.org.

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