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September 1, 2010

Vets2Vets, New Jersey Program Helping Veterans

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NJ Vets2Vets, a five-year-old help line outreach effort, will offer one-on-one, online instant messaging counseling, group chat rooms for former soldiers and their relatives and video chats for “face-to-face” conversations with counselors.

The number for the help line is 1-866-838-7654

Full Article at: N.J. takes suicide prevention program for veterans online to reach more in need of counseling
Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 8:30 AM
Tom Haydon/The Star-Ledger Tom Haydon/The Star-Ledger

PISCATAWAY — “From the earliest days of basic training, soldiers learn to do their jobs without complaint. Many come home from tours of duty with the same tough attitude.

“There are soldiers who will never, ever, ever access (Veterans Administration) assistance,” said Linda Bean, whose son, Army Sgt. Coleman Bean, killed himself in his South River apartment in Sept. 2008, following two tours of duty in Iraq.

As the issues of suicide among veterans and service members gains national attention, a much-recognized state program to assist veterans is expanding to reach former military men and women and their families over the Internet.

NJ Vets2Vets, a five-year-old help line outreach effort, will offer one-on-one, online instant messaging counseling, group chat rooms for former soldiers and their relatives and video chats for “face-to-face” conversations with counselors.

“Feedback from our callers to the help line indicates that these additional options will increase the likelihood that they will contact us for assistance, and that’s our primary goal,” said Chris Kosseff, CEO of the University Behavioral Healthcare division of UMDNJ that provides the outreach program.

“We know the work that goes on here with a modest staff and resources is work that saves lives,” said Bean, who attended the conference with her husband, Greg Bean.

“Gene Allen, an Air Force veteran who flew missions in Desert Storm, is one of the veterans who staff the help line and respond to questions from veterans and their families on issues ranging from finance, education and housing to adjusting to civilian life.”

The number for the help line is 1-866-838-7654.

1 Comment »

  1. Greetings,
    My name is Wendel T. Green, a (DVOP)Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist with the New Jersey Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development at the Paterson One-Stop in Paterson, New Jersey who helps Veterans get employment.
    I’am writing you for your assistance,if possible, to direct Veterans to our One-Stops in the State. We want to assist Iraqi and Afganistan veterans in particular because many will have “Barriers to Employment” and need the various support organizations,such as yourself, to help them adjust back to civilian life. As a Vietnam Vet I can relate to the problems these Vets have. Any assistance will be appreciated. My telephone number is 973-977-4376.

    Fraternally,

    Wendel T. Green

    Comment by Wendel T. Green — September 2, 2010 @ 2:58 pm


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