ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - New Mexico is launching a new effort to provide free counseling and therapy services to veterans returning home from overseas.
The initiative encourages state health care institutions, licensed counselors and therapists to provide mental health counseling and therapy services for up to one year after vets return from service.
"They have honorably served us, and now it is time for us to give back," Gov. Susana Martinez said in announcing the new program.
According to the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 15 percent of veterans who have served during this campaign may be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
More than 50,000 New Mexicans have served in the military since the Gulf War.
The state hopes to have the program up and running by early next year.
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