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Sound Off, combat veterans support group at Sanford Bemidji

BEMIDJI -- Sanford Bemidji offers a support group, Sound Off, for combat veterans. It is held from 5 to 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday each month at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's Conference Room A, located immediately to the right through ...

BEMIDJI --  Sanford Bemidji offers a support group, Sound Off, for combat veterans. It is held from 5 to 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday each month at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center’s Conference Room A, located immediately to the right through the hospital’s main east entrance. The group will meet next Tuesday and Dec. 6.

The group is free and open to men and women from all branches of service, regardless of conflict or disaster. It is facilitated by Billy Benso, United States Marine Corps (USMC) combat veteran, and Mike Sletta, behavioral health triage therapist at Sanford Bemidji.

The group provides members with a safe and confidential place to openly discuss personal issues and how their combat experience impacts their daily life.

The support group can help veterans learn that combat did change them, no matter what they do, they can’t change what they’ve experienced, drugs, alcohol, isolation and denial don’t work as coping behaviors and with support of other combat vets, they can learn to live with PTSD. Any veteran interested in attending can simply show up at the scheduled meeting time. For more information call (218) 333-5165 or (218) 333-2582.

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