A volunteer veteran training program has made its way to the Upper Peninsula.
It is called Buddy to Buddy, and veterans volunteer their time to help and offer support to returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
On Saturday, seven volunteers from the U.P. went through the required training.
Recent studies have shown 1 in 5 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are diagnosed with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), and veterans account for 20 percent of U.S. suicides.
The Buddy to Buddy program was started four years ago to increase veteran participation.
"The returning veterans from this generation weren't engaging in services and reintegration benefits as much as would be hoped for, so the idea is to use veterans from other generations and other eras to go out and try to talk to them about how to best get them engaged," said Brandon Brogan, Program Manager.
For more information on the program, click here.