IAVA: Helping veterans transition to civilian life

By Brandi Bailey

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 8:54 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) It's a program that focuses solely on helping veterans and their family’s transition back into civilian life.

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) officially brought its Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) to New York State Wednesday.

RRRP hosts a range of different programs for veterans. Financial, educational, mental health, housing and employment help is all available.

Each veteran or family member that calls the program is set up with a Transition Manager. That manager helps the individual by giving them a clear direction of where to get help.

According to the IAVA, one of the biggest issues with post 9/11 veterans has been suicide.

“Suicide is actually IAVA's number one priority this year to come up with some innovative solutions on how we can work on this very critical issue," Senior Program Manager for IAVA's Mental Health Program, Jason Hansman said.

At least 22 veterans commit suicide every day. A recent study shows that the suicide rate in young male veterans has gone up 44-percent in the last three years.

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