(BCHS) The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 21 Presents:  Will Brink “Veterans in Transition; From combat to your neighborhood” 7 PM Thursday, May 19th at the Barnes County Museum.

 If you ask folks who have been in combat what they fought for-they will tell you “each other”.

However, the bigger picture includes the threat to our safety represented by Russia, China, and other Rogue countries and states.

 “The Squad” is a book that is simply written and consists of interviews, treatment episodes, and the insight of men and women who have made a successful transition back to life during and after their military enlistment.

 In this book, it will become clear that there is a role we all have in reducing the veteran suicide rate that currently fluctuates from  15 to 22 a day.

There is no continent nor ocean that does not have a U.S. citizen serving on our behalf to protect and oversee those who would threaten our society.

It is because of that that we need to discuss how we can support and encourage such folks to continue to do this.

We can assist these veterans in their transition when it’s time for them to return to our neighborhoods.

The fight to transition to civilian life some experts believe is as scary as dealing with PTSD, or PTS symptoms as well.

What’s different now for our servicemen and women?

 The 15/22 folks who desperately take their life on this day need YOU to be available to help them realize they have fought for the right to be cared for by U.S.

 The SQUAD models for others that life as a Veteran new or older is valued and VALUABLE.

To write and encourage others to create a contract for life is our way to support the reduction of Suicides among those who volunteer daily to watch over U.S. The role we have to participate in that contract is flexible but extremely important.

William D. Brink, (Will) was an MS/LAC Licensed Addiction Counselor for over 44 years, and a Vietnam Veteran serving in a Helicopter Recovery unit.  He was a consultant to BCBS of North Dakota and last worked at Prairie St. Johns in Fargo providing clinical services to Veterans and civilians alike.  He previously practiced in Minnesota, North Carolina, and oversaw a halfway house and social detox center in NC.

Will is currently active in contributing to the welfare of veterans of all branches and has recently written, “The Squad”, which addresses; transition and suicidal issues of our service members.

Book revenue has been given to support the educational needs of veterans wanting to join the counseling field.

Will resides in South Carolina and Minnesota while supporting treatment and intervention efforts to assist our men and women military personnel through OPFOB,  SCVA, VPA, and other causes that educate treat, or assist Veterans in ….Coming Home.

 The public is cordially invited

 All Lectures are at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum and held in conjunction with Valley City State University.  They are free and open to the public.

 For more information contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966