Ocean County College Online Reaches Out to Help Vets with Gaming

Studies by the Veterans Administration (VA) show that nearly 20 percent of returning combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), while another study reports that 22 combat veterans commit suicide each day, well above the national average.

However, new evidence suggests that participation in cooperative video games among combat veterans reduces these statistics. Returning veterans have shown highly positive responses to the use of video games as part of PTSD therapy and another VA study shows that gaming provides a positive impact on lowering the tragic trend of suicide.

Ocean County College’s e-Learning and Student Life Departments are working together to aid American Legion Post 129 (Toms River) in that group’s effort to create a cooperative video gaming salon for the exclusive use of returning veterans. The salon, to be located in the American Legion’s Church Road building, will be designed with help from e-Learning and OCC Gamers Club volunteers. It is Ocean County College’s hope that its participation in this important project will have a positive impact on local veterans.

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