BANGOR – The holiday season can be a tough time of year for some veterans.
Veterans can experience many different emotions when coming home for the holidays for the first time, according to Susan Slick of Northern Light Acadia Hospital.
For example, some vets may be missing some of the people they were deployed with, Slick said. She said they also could be experiencing survivor’s guilt after losing someone close to them during their deployment.
“This could be the first holidays after transitioning out of the military and all of the traditions and things you were used to in the military. While it’s nice to be home now with family and back in a civilian community, there’s still some of that pull for those military things that you’re used to and that you’re missing at this time,” she said.
Slick is in charge of a case management program at Northern Light Acadia Hospital. She said it helps connect veterans to different community services they can involve themselves in.
For more information about the services offered to veterans, you can call the hospital’s access center at 973-6048.