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PTSD Readjustment Group in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash.--Veterans at a Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Readjustment Group in Richland say they are grateful for the chance to be heard and understood.

Wednesday (July 16th) night, each branch of the military was represented. With it, many tragic stories shared.

One man says he sleeps with a shotgun on his stomach every night. It's one of his security blankets.

Inside the walls, mental health counselor Dr. Roberto Valdez, is treating Anxiety, Insomnia along with other issues.

The meetings, Valdez says, are "emotional vitamins" ultimately helping these veterans survive, one day at a time.

Army veteran, James Koester, mentions how the group has changed his life.

"It's been a blessing for me to come to these groups," says Koester. I recommend this group to anybody that feels like they're alone or feels like they're helpless or feels like they can't do anything about what's going on."

Funding for this program comes from the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs.

If you want to attend, the counseling is available and FREE for veterans only.

Doctor Valdez holds readjustment groups twice each week on Wednesday and Saturday.

Meetings are at 712 Swift Boulevard, Suite #5 in Richland

For more information, call (509) 543-7253.