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COLUMN: New law creates better access to jobs listings, trainings for veterans

— This portal will be launched by the end of October, according to the new law. I am pleased this legislation I helped sponsor became law. Helping our veterans find placement after serving our nation is the least our state can offer.

In recent days, Dakota Meyer admitted that he tried to commit suicide in 2010, the year before he received the Medal of Honor. Traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and suicide attempts are high among returning vets.

Meyer’s struggles have also highlighted mental health problems many returning veterans exhibit. It is estimated that 18 veterans die every day by suicide. Help is available. There is a great resource available at the National Center for post traumatic stress disorder, which can be accessed at ptsd.va.gov. It chronicles videos of veterans who explain what it is like to live with PTSD and depression. It also directs visitors to several resources where they can find help locally and get treatment. Families too can also access treatment.

There is also help through an organization called NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which has dedicated a section to veterans and the military. This group has several local resources and many locally have been able to find support within the group by connecting with people who have been through a similar mental health situation, either themselves or with a loved one. To find a local chapter, visit nami.org. To find veteran resources, click on “Support and Programs” on the top of the page and scroll down for Veteran and Military Resources.

Assemblyman Will Barclay represents residents of Assembly District 120, which includes Lysander. He can be reached by mail at 200 North Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by phone (598-5185).

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