VA ‘Bridgers’ Helping Sober Vets Stay That Way

Peer Support Specialist and Bridger Redger Hennah (right) and Marine Corps Veteran Thaddeus Burnett enjoy a quiet game of chess at Santoro’s Pizza in Lowell, Mass.

By Tom Cramer

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Buzz Aldrin, former fighter pilot and the second astronaut to walk on the moon, had this to say about trying to stay sober: “It’s been one of the greatest challenges that ever came along in my life. It was one of the more difficult things to do.”

Tony Russo understands. Which is why he helped come up with a novel program at the Bedford VA for helping Veterans struggling with alcoholism, drug abuse and mental health issues.

“We want these Veterans to successfully integrate back into the community after receiving treatment here at Bedford, and we just weren’t addressing it,”…

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