Letter: Psych volunteers counsel veterans

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Thomas Hoare, a 25-year

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Thomas Hoare, a 25-year reservist, ties a yellow ribbon to the tree that survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks during the Veterans Day observance at the 9/11 memorial in downtown Manhattan on Saturday. On the eve of the city's annual Veterans Day parade, at the 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center, a wreath was laid near the tree, which thrives more than a decade after it emerged from the smoking rubble. (Nov. 10, 2012) (Credit: AP)

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I read the article "The war after the war" [News, March 17] with great sadness. Our men and women enlist in the armed forces to serve and protect us and return with war still raging in their heads. Many ultimately lose their lives to suicide. This is a great tragedy for all.

The government provides services for them at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center. As the article states, however, the wait can be long, and it is difficult for the veterans to get to Northport.

The Soldiers Project can help with these issues. It is a volunteer nonprofit group of licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and marriage and family counselors who provide unlimited free counseling to veterans and their families in offices throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Our goal is to reach as many of the veterans as we can. Help is a phone call away: 516-284-7531 or longisland@thesoldiersproject.org.

Regina M. Pfeifer, Holtsville

Editor's note: The writer is a registered nurse who works with The Soldiers Project Long Island.

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