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NH’s service providers share stories of how “Asking the Question” has helped improve their care of veterans, service members and their families

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Manchester, NH – The Ask The Question initiative is about providing the best care possible to NH’s service members, veterans, and their families by effectively connecting them to all the military/veteran-specific services and benefits  they have earned and deserve, and improving their engagement with civilian service  providers. By asking one question, “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” providers across NH, working in a dozen different service fields, have improved the quality of their care for New Hampshire's military population.
Watch these new videos to see some success stories:
Sara Tracy is a welfare director in Franklin, New Hampshire. When she encountered a man who was homeless, she Asked the Question, and found out that his answer was “yes.” Because she asked, she was able to personally connect with him, help him find immediate shelter and connect him to a veteran-specific housing  program. Learn more about Sara’s story.
Dr. Nicole Sawyer is a clinical psychologist in Exeter, New Hampshire. She began Asking the Question in her work with trauma survivors and discovered that it can make a huge impact. One client was struggling with a pattern of difficult relationships. When Dr. Sawyer Asked the Question, the client revealed that her father had served in Vietnam and had needed support which she always felt unable to provide. This new information opened up a productive conversation. Learn more about Nicole’s story.
Dennis Cote is the director of emergency services for 1-800-BOARDUP where he assists victims of fires and helps to rebuild their lives. When he responded to a fire in his local community, he noticed that the victim had a veteran license plate. Dennis Asked the Question and learned that he had served. Dennis called the local Vet-to-Vet volunteer who was on site immediately to support this veteran. Now, he Asks the Question at every fire scene. Learn more about Dennis’ story.
“Ask the Question” is an initiative of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with NHCarePath.  It includes a dynamic, information-packed website with tools for providers to access. Go to  www.askthequestionnh.com or call1-844-4ASK-VET –to request more information or assistance. YOU TOO can make a difference in the lives of service members, veterans, and their families!

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