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Reboot graduates first veterans from York County program

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

Three southcentral Pennsylvania veterans were honored recently after completing the first Reboot Combat Recovery program in York County.

The 12-week program hosted by local veterans Charles Yost and Sheldon Kauffman addresses the spiritual components of combat and moral injuries. According to Yost, the program covers PTSD issues such as survivor's guilt and issues of the reality of combat where service members might do things they morally disagree with.

Stewart Bauer, a 22-year Navy veteran from Intercourse, Lancaster County, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, was skeptical when he started the program at VFW Post 537 in Goldsboro. 

"Reboot is a really good program. I came into it very skeptical, but coming every week is the key. You have to come every week and participate," he said. 

Tricia and Steward Bauer of Intercourse PA, took part in the first REBOOT Combat Recovery program at VFW #537 in Goldsboro, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

Dennis and Helen Ross from York Haven also took part in the program. Dennis Ross is a veteran of the Vietnam War who served with the U.S. Army Americal Division during the Tet Offensive, and the Rosses have dealt with his post-traumatic stress disorder for nearly 40 years.

"It did a world of good for him," Helen Ross said. "He had a lot of problems, anger issues and a lot of other things. This has helped him talk about it and get it out in the open." 

Dennis Ross, left and his wife Helen of York Haven, was one of three veterans that graduated from the first REBOOT Combat Recovery program at VFW #537 in Goldsboro, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

"One of the biggest aspects that I really liked about Reboot was, not only the wounded soul, but the fact that there wasn't an expectation that you're going to walk away from this and you're going to be healed," said Robert Reiner, an Army National Guard first sergeant who retired in 2012. "(Reboot) teaches you how to live with it."

Partners, spouses and other family members are encouraged to take part in the program. For Tricia Bauer, who attended the program with her husband, Stewart, Reboot was enlightening. 

Robert Reiner from Lebanon PA, one of three veterans to graduate from the first REBOOT Combat Recovery program at VFW #537 in Goldsboro, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

"There were things that he could share in the group that explained things that I hadn't understood," she said. "Where I thought he was being stubborn, there was an explanation for it, and he was able to bring that out very easily the first time we ever came."

Yost and Kauffman are planning another session of Reboot to start in February. Veterans of any U.S. conflict are welcome at no cost. For more information about the program, email Yost at yost.ch@gmail.com or call him 724-630-4956.