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DVD helps war vets readjust to everyday life

April 30, 2010 6:20:52 PM PDT
There is a new resource to help soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan readjust to life away from war zones. It's a new DVD that offers critical information on how veterans can get the benefits they are entitled to, as well as compelling interviews with veterans who reached out and got the support they needed.

It took Ann Fox two years to produce the DVD that's being released by NCIRE, the Veterans Health Research Institute in San Francisco.

She was on a mission, and a mother of two military sons explained why the DVD is so important.

"As a parent, you see the changes in your son or daughter and you know they are not quite the same as they were before. You just want make sure they are able to be able to talk to people and get those feelings out," military mom Linda Bayer said.

The DVD is called "Welcome Home, Support from the Ground Up" and it walks the entire family through support systems.

"There's the V.A., there is the County Veterans Service Office, there's the Vet Center, but there's the Blue Star Moms, Vets for Vets, Swords To Plowshares," Fox said.

"As parents to educate yourself, to network and talk and find out what you can do to help your son or daughter to be able to reach out and get the help that's out there," Bayer said.

Bayer is a Blue Star Mom. Her twin sons are in the Air Force. Ryan is a veteran and Jared is still on active duty. He served in three tours in the Middle East.

"They volunteered to go out there and do service for the country," she said. "We want to make sure when they come home, they're able to reintegrate into society and be productive citizens again."

The DVD also talks with researchers at the San Francisco Veteran's Administration about brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fox and the Veterans' Health Institute are looking for donors to help duplicate the DVDs so they can be sent to every soldier and military family who needs one.


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