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Bill Keating's commitment to our veterans started at an early age, helping his father--a local veteran service officer--assisting vets get their VA services. More than six years ago, Bill Keating was one of the first law enforcement officials in the country to recognize that some returning combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan will experience readjustment issues--such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Bill Keating understood that PTSD often goes untreated until the symptoms--self medication, depression and aggressive behavior--manifest themselves into public safety issues. Reflecting on the tragedies of some Vietnam veterans who faced the revolving door of the criminal justice system without addressing the underlying issue of PTSD, in 2004 Bill Keating took action. He marshaled community first responders--police, fire, EMTs, Probation and local leaders--training them on the unique needs of combat veterans and educating them on the local PTSD counseling resources available to combat veterans. The goal was to create a community safety-net for veterans in need, and honor their service to our country.

This unique effort inspired scores of law enforcement agencies and other organizations around the country to adopt similar programs. Recently the Boston Bar Association recognized these efforts by awarding a Public Service Award to the District Attorney's Office. He was also recently given "The Patriot Award" from a Department of Defense volunteer organization, "for contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom."


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