Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Veterans serving time in the Allegheny County Jail will now have their own specialized resources and residential section. The pod opened last month, and currently houses 34 inmates.

Several community partners are partnering with the jail to provide services such as support for post-traumatic stress disorder, resume building workshops and helping inmates enroll in the Veterans Affairs health care system.

"We're going to provide them with everything that we think they need to be successful once they leave here," Warden Orlando Harper said. 

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The meeting space was standing-room-only at the Carnegie Library branch in East Liberty at Monday’s launch of Pittsburgh’s Human Library project.

A library is, essentially, a collection of information and stories that live inside books, on tape or via DVD. In a human library, the stories are told aloud by the people who lived them. The idea started in Denmark in 2000, as a way to break down stereotypes and has since made its way around the world.

For military veterans, the transition from service to civilian life can be stressful and unpredictable. When she was a freshman in high school, Alexis Werner was startled by the changes she saw in her stepfather, who had recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. She, along with Vietnam veteran and counselor Gregg Dietz, formed the nonprofit Seeds of Hope, to address issues of Post-Traumatic stress among servicemen and women. Their latest outreach project is a documentary called Our Way Home, which premieres tomorrow at Soldiers and Sailors Museum in Oakland.  Alexis Werner and Gregg Dietz explain the purpose of the film and how they plan on helping veterans and their families.