The Veterans Storytelling Project, a program from The Brookfield Institute, uses trained volunteers to help veterans tell their stories, a proven method for reducing PTSD while helping family members, friends and neighbors understand their loved ones better.

“Some research shows that if veterans are received warmly into their own communities, it relieves PTSD,” said Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, executive director of The Brookfield Institute. The research also confirms that a welcoming community does wonders for returning veterans’ morale.

“Our primary purpose is to create stronger relationships between the veterans and their communities,” Prestwood-Taylor said.