By Renee Larr
On May 2, the Hamilton County Veterans Corporation will host The Ladder UPP, a workshop for veterans, their families, friends and neighbors. The workshop is presented by Marine and The Ladder UPP founder, Silouan Green. It will focus on veterans and the challenges they face when they return home.
Green survived a horrific jet crash while serving as a U.S. Marine. What followed was a barrage of medical complications and conditions which caused Green to fall into depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Green hopes to build a community of support in Hamilton County for veterans that is based on personal relationships.
“I, personally, have to do something to take care of veterans in need, especially those with PTSD. The Veterans Affairs offers services, but we help each other live,” said Green.
Dr. Donna Lazarick from the Roudebush VA hospital will speak about PTSD, the treatments available and how to get enrolled in treatment with the VA. Lunch and snacks will be provided by area Kroger, Sam’s Club, Meijer and Wal-Mart stores.
Bill Doss, Event Chairman, stressed the event isn’t just for veterans. The program is for anyone who knows a veteran that might be struggling with coming home or struggling to re-enter civilian society.
“I wanted to put this together because there are so many of our heroes that come back and yet they never really do come home. Eventually, they may end up killing themselves. There are 22 suicides a day from our veterans and we have to stop that,” said Doss.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 2 at the American Legion Post located at 9091 E. 126th St. in Fishers. Admission is free to the first 50 registrants and additional guests pay $12. To register for the event, call 776-9610. For more information on The Ladder UPP visit www.theladderup.com.