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The Gift of Time for NH Vets

November 3, 2008

Support our troops…one hour at a time. It's something New Hampshire mental health professionals are doing in their offices and by phone: donating an hour a week to soldiers, veterans and their families.

It's part of Give an Hour, founded in 2005 by Barbara Romberg, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area.

Romberg says some soldiers and veterans are at risk of substance abuse if they don't get help understanding how their brains are processing information and experiences -– a process that can take years, for some people.

"They don't know what's going on, they don't understand, they don't feel like themselves, it's uncomfortable, it' scary. They'll find things that they can use to cope."

The lack of mental help for veterans has been well documented, Romberg says. Although the Veterans Health Administration has made improvements, care can still be scarce, especially in rural areas.

Romberg says they're encouraging families to ask for help, too.

"It may be the stress and the strain and the anxiety when their loved one is deployed, or it may be the difficulty when that person comes home and the re-integration."

She says the Give an Hour network is designed to catch those who fall through the cracks because of money, paperwork issues or location. Those looking for help can go to
www.giveanhour.org.

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - NH