Social networking may be the key to helping veterans - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/09

Social networking may be the key to helping veterans

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's estimated that more than 300 thousand veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with some form of post-traumatic stress disorder. That's why California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has unveiled a new social networking website geared to helping those vets, their families and care providers. "You spend four years of your life on active duty where someone tells you what to do every single minute of the day. And then you're dropped and they say, have a good life." says Chris Raschke an Iraq war veteran.

 Dr. Barbara Romberg believes, "It allows them to find out i'm not alone. I've gone through this too. It's ok to get help, here where you might go." Dr. Barbara Romby, a therapist, says she uses the so-called network of care to help veterans deal with the mental post war challenges. The site allows veterans and their families to talk to each other, compare notes, and offer personal advice or referrals.

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