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Peer Support Groups prove to be the best medicine for veterans at Helen Farabee Center.

The Helen Farabee Center offers community-based treatment and support services for people with mental illness.

And many of their patients are in the military.

So there is no better day then Fourth of July to see how the center's Veteran's Support Group is helping wounded warriors.

Members of the military care for this country-- by dedicating their lives to maintain our freedom.

And many soldiers return home with more than physical scars.

"When you see someone with a broken leg you can see it and you can get mentally prepared for it but when you don't see a traumatic brain injury or P.T.S.D. and a person reacts to something you might not think is a big deal, it's hard to have compassion," says Kymm Putman, the Veterans Peer Provider.

But compassion is exactly what a support group at Helen Farabee Center provides for these wounded warriors.

The group focuses on people suffering from P.T.S.D, traumatic brain damage, or military sexual trauma; things that also take a toll on their loved ones.

. For Monica McCawley, the support group is a god-send.

"This group has saved me emotionally and mentally because I don't feel alone," she said.

Although she is a facilitator for the peer group-- she also has a son who suffered a brain injury while fighting in Iraq.

She wrote a book of poems and other writing to help her cope with her son being overseas.

The book also includes ways of how she dealt with her son's injury, which she say can help group members who suffer from P.T.S.D.

To get involved with the Veteran Peer groups at Helen Farabee Center Contact Kymm Putman at 940-397-3315 or 940-397-3300

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