As we remember and honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces over this Memorial Day weekend, the Compeer Friendship and Mentoring program has a unique volunteer opportunity for U.S. veterans in Sedgwick County through the Vet-to-Vet program.
The U.S. Census reports that there are nearly 39,000 military veterans living in Sedgwick County. Studies have shown that 20 percent of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, while only 40 percent of those individuals seek professional help for their mental illness. Through supportive friendships, the goal is to help with the recovery process of PTSD, depression, anxiety and the effects of head trauma so that veterans served by Compeer can be as successful in their civilian life as they were in their military career.
Compeer, a program of the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas for nearly 30 years, is seeking volunteer veterans who would like to spend time with a fellow veteran needing a friend through our Vet-to-Vet program. I want to thank veterans for their consideration and, most important, for protecting our freedom and country.
Director Compeer Wichita