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.

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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.