Friday, 20 July 2018 13:03

Augusta conference aims to smooth veterans' return to civilian life

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AUGUSTA -  What happens to military veterans when they return to civilian life?

A conference in Augusta on Thursday focused on ways to make life after military service just a little bit easier for the men and women who have served.


According to the Veterans Administration, nearly 10 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, while more than 30 percent of vietnam vets struggle with the syndrome.


"The Veterans Administration has done a recent study and reconfirmed in 2017 that there were approximately 20 veterans each day that were taking their life by suicide. One is too many. That's the reason why we're here today, to identify the need for these veterans to get connected with the resources here," said Nathaniel Grace of the Maine Military and Community Network


Grace said it is up to everyone -- neighbors and family members -- to welcome veterans back into the community.

TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, s...