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News spotlight: Nurse offers counseling for returning soldiers from Iraq

Nurse Leader Insider, November 30, 2009

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Psychiatric nurse Trisha Pearce witnessed first hand what the war can do to returning soldiers and their families when her brothers returned from Vietnam and the Gulf War. Pearce, with more than three decades worth of experience in mental health and chemical dependency, did not want to see returning soldiers suffer without help, so she founded the Soldiers Project Northwest in 2007.

The project reaches out to veterans of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with active-duty personnel and military families. The project provides free, confidential, therapeutic counseling and aims to educate communities on the psychological effects of the war. Volunteers also benefit from the project, and are able to receive training to better aid these soldiers and their families.

There are currently 57 volunteers involved with the project that is now an affiliate of the Los Angeles-based national Soldiers Project. Pearce volunteers more than 20 hours a week to ensure military families can receive the support they need . Named the Outstanding Female Non-Veteran of the Year by the Washington state Department of Veterans Affairs, Pearce rode in the Auburn Veterans Day parade alongside groups of veterans.

Source: Herald Net (WA)



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