Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentation at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at Scribner-Snyder Community School.
This outreach project engages communities to support military families throughout Nebraska and features a presentation from veteran Ryan Kaufman of the At Ease® program. Kaufman tells a powerful story of his own recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how he is now working to help other veterans and family members through the At Ease® program.
In 2015, the United States Military is dealing with a crisis of epidemic proportions: the suicides of troops returning home from war. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that every day, approximately 22 veterans are taking their own lives. Sounding the alarm has led to new intervention and support programs which are having some impact, but there is still much work to be done, especially among the youngest veterans (under age 24). Experts agree that the difficulty of transitioning back to family and community, as well as the effects of repeated deployments and the uncertainty of civilian life are taking a toll–and too many heroes are still not getting help in time.