One veteran’s struggle with suicide sparks new course at MSU

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20 veterans commit suicide every day. 

Kevin Thompson was almost one of them.

“That was going to be the last day she seen me.”

Thompson served in the Marine Corps for seven years. A year after the birth of his first child he started struggling with depression and PTSD. He reached out to the Veterans Affairs but left more defeated than when he arrived.

“I think it may have done more harm than good.”

Looking to change the way veterans are treated Kevin’s wife Tina Blaschke-Thompson and Glenn Stutzky through the School of Social Work, created the “Combat Veterans Certificate Program”.

The program is the first of its kind in the Country. There are no textbooks or professors, the veterans are the instructors. The online course is offered to Graduate Students at Michigan State University getting their Masters in social work. The veterans tell the students about their combat stories in detail and share the struggles of adjusting back to civilian life.

Stutzky is the Clinical Instructor, his goal is to get all healthcare professionals to take the course because he believes at some point, they will come in contact with a veteran.

The course is now open to Social Workers who are currently working in the field. To learn more about the program click here.

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