New program designed to help veterans transition

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A member of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) carries flags during a "Flags-In" ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington May 22, 2014. The soldiers will place American flags in front of more than 220,000 graves for the Memorial Day. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) ORG XMIT: WAS212

A member of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) carries flags during a "Flags-In" ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington May 22, 2014. The soldiers will place American flags in front of more than 220,000 graves for the Memorial Day. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) ORG XMIT: WAS212

Rich Johnson knows the troubles of transitioning from military life to being a civilian.

The U.S. Air Force veteran said he gained great skills in the military, but had a hard time translating them to the private sector.

He eventually figured it out and as the president and CEO of Dublin-based ViaQuest, Johnson recently brought the company’s new Recovery and Reintegration of Veterans program to Ohio.

The program will focus on getting veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries help with employment, a place to live and mental and physical health services.

“We have a complete vision dedicated to services for veterans and not only know first-hand what it’s like to be separating from the service and come out with skills very applicable to service to your country, but what it’s like trying to get those skills to translate to the private sector,” he said. “There are a lot of barriers to that. A lot of obstacles.”

ViaQuest, a healthcare company that provides services for veterans, home health, hospice and mental and behavioral health, among others, has been helping connect veterans with employment, residential and behavioral health services for years.

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