Supervisors OK veterans mentor program

FROM STAFF REPORTS

SAN BERNARDINO • The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a program to train veterans, military family members and other personnel to assist veterans in dealing with the emotional and mental health issues experienced by some former military personnel.

“With five military bases in our county, including Fort Irwin and Twentynine Palms where many soldiers and Marines were trained for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, we have numerous veterans who have experienced heavy combat and are now wrestling with the stress and strain on their mental health and on their family lives,” 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said in a statement.

The training will help veterans to recognize potential problems in their colleagues and help them implement personal strategies to handle those problems.

The Board agreed to increase the contract with Trauma Resource Institute by $145,892, which is fully funded by Mental Health Services Act Innovation funds. The increase will allow for about 30 veterans and 17 contract personnel, military personnel and/or their families. It is expected that those who undergo the training will be able to train up to 200 others per year.

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