BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - When soldiers return home from war, some have to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Veterans working with the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor say they've discovered something that helps.
Every year around 4,000 students visit the museum to interview veterans and hear about their experiences first-hand. The program started nearly 15 years ago, and since then the veterans who take part say their PTSD symptoms have been drastically reduced.
For nearly six decades, 87-year-old Harold Beal could barely talk to people after fighting on the beaches of Normandy during World War II. That was until he decided to try to open up to a younger generation.
"Talking with the kids has helped me alot," said Beal. "Hopefully the stuff that I tell the kids helps them because one of the main things you got to do is try to teach them the value of freedom because freedom is very precious,"
Beal has spoken with around 400 students since joining the program three years ago. Around 60 veterans are now participating.