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New Red, White and Blue Program aims to help vets recover from trauma

TUCSON- A behavioral healthcare facility in Tucson launched a new program aimed at helping those who put their life on the line recover from trauma.

Sierra Tucson began its new Red, White and Blue Program designed for active duty military, veterans and first responders.

“We find that veterans and first responders typically do well when they are amongst their peers that also work in a similar profession,” said Bill Reynolds, the director of Military and First Responder Trauma Recovery at Sierra Tucson.

The program aims to help those with addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“When somebody comes in here, they get a complete head to toe physical, they get a complete psychiatric evaluation and we look at everything they might need besides the treatment for addiction or the trauma,” he said.

Reynolds has military experience as well. He served 30 years in the Navy and said that his staff has served or worked with first responders too.

“One thing to realize is you are not alone,” he said. “In the military culture and the first responder culture we know there is a lot of machismo, there is a lot of you know I’m tough and can handle it and the bottom line is although people can handle it, there comes a time where it is okay to ask for help.”

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