Disability Network Provides Much Needed Support to Veterans: Jason’s Story

reining liberty ranchJason is one of many veterans trying to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a Traumatic Brain Injury. Disability Network works closely with returning veterans, helping them reintegrate back into the community. “Thanks to Disability Network’s help, I’ve been able to get out of the house and become more social,” stated Jason, who served in the Iraq War.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the leading diagnosis among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. In the past 13 years, over 2.3 million American veterans have served in both countries. The estimate for those veterans, at least 14-20 percent, exhibit signs of PTSD and/or Depression. Those numbers trend higher when combined with Traumatic Brain Injuries. (National Center for PTSD)

“By seeing Jessie fight for me, I realize that it is worth it, and I can fight for myself,” shared Jason. Jessie Bachmann, Program Manager at Disability Network, advocates for veterans and helps them establish and achieve goals. “It’s my mission to assist our veterans with building up their own tool box and to find ways to be resilient. It is crucial for our veterans to have a supportive community, peer to peer connection and alternative healing options to help them manage stress,” she stated.

Disability Network partners with Veterans Affairs to provide services, and also collaborates with Reining Liberty Ranch, a nonprofit organization that utilizes Therapeutic Horseback Riding to help local veterans. Jason leads weekly veteran support groups at the ranch, and volunteers as their Veteran Coordinator and serves as a Peer Mentor with the Wounded Warrior program. “They got me involved with Reining Liberty Ranch, and now I volunteer with them,” he said.

“I’ve learned that there are people who still care about veterans. Jessie has helped me navigate the Veterans Affairs, and that has helped a great deal,” he stated. For more information about Disability Network’s Veteran Services, contact Jessie Bachmann at 231.922.0903, ext. 13.

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