• Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

Montana VA Hosts Veterans Support Group in Butte | ABC Fox Butte

BUTTE, Mont. – The weeks around September 11 can be a stressful time for American veterans, and those feelings could be magnified this year with the situation in Afghanistan. And Montana veterans in particular are among the most vulnerable to poverty and suicide of any state in the country.

But a group of Helena seeks to help these vets through the power of speech.

On Wednesday evening, at the Marine Corps League in Butte, representatives from the Montana Veterans Health Administration hosted a support group for Butte veterans and their families.

The purpose of the meeting was to allow these veterans to express their concerns and frustrations with the current military events, with a central message: they are not alone.

“Every time you get a group of veterans together to share their experiences, we know it’s going to help,” said Mike Clague, member of the Butte-Silver Bow Veterans Treatment Corps. “Veterans are better off talking to their fellow veterans about their problems.”

Ahead of Wednesday night’s meeting in Butte, the VA held a similar service to Helena. They plan to organize another one in Missoula in the near future.

ABC FOX was unable to film any footage from Wednesday night’s reunion out of respect for the veterans in attendance, so they could share their stories without judgment. But the VA wants people to know that all veterans are welcome to participate in these support groups, whether they want to share their stories or just listen to other veterans.