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Nevada Governor Reaches Out to Veterans

PHOTO: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is calling on veterans to complete surveys to help the state identify their greatest needs. Image courtesy of the State of Nevada.
PHOTO: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is calling on veterans to complete surveys to help the state identify their greatest needs. Image courtesy of the State of Nevada.
November 18, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada's veterans are being asked to complete surveys to help the state identify their greatest needs. Gov. Brian Sandoval said the three surveys seek feedback from veterans, active duty military personnel and veterans service providers.

Dr. Richard Small, chairman, Nevada Veterans Foundation, said it is important to try to reach veterans who are isolated in society.

"Anything that can be done on a statewide level or community level to increase awareness is worth doing," Small said. "There's some guys out there that are all by themselves and having a hard time."

Speaking about the surveys, Sandoval said, "If Nevada is going to best meet the needs of our service members and veterans, then we need to ask them what they need most. These surveys will allow the military community to help shape efforts at the state level going forward."

Small, himself a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, said there is tremendous need for greater connection and community among Vietnam vets. He recalled being among a group of veterans who returned to Vietnam and worked together through Habitat for Humanity.

"We immediately fell back into that squad mentality where you've got the other guy's back and everybody's open and honest about who they are, because your life depends on that," he said.

Small added that there should be more programs to help today's veterans who are suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other challenges transition back into civilian life.

The surveys are available at http://gov.nv.gov.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV