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Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

Celebrating those who served.

As we honor all members of the military past and present – it’s important that we not forget about veterans who may be struggling with problem gambling.

Veterans returning from deployment face many stressors when they return to civilian life. These stressors can put them at a greater risk of developing gambling problems. They may have difficulty adjusting to civilian life – struggling to find their place within their family or community upon returning. They may find themselves unemployed or facing challenges in personal relationships. These stress points, combined with possible Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, could lead them to see gambling as an outlet for entertainment or escape.

The signs of a veteran struggling with problem gambling are no different than anyone else. Things to look for include:

  • Gambling more often or with more money
  • Withdrawing from relationships
  • Lying to friends and family about gambling behavior
  • Borrowing money to relieve financial distress
  • Gambling more to make up for previous gambling losses

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, help is always available.

Problem Gambling Helpline

1-800-589-9966

Crisis Text Line

Text 4hope to 741741

Free. 24/7. Confidential.

For more information on problem gambling in Ohio, visit BeforeYouBet.org.

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Casinos/racinos in Ohio have been open for a number of years now. Read our latest blog post, about a recent study exploring the risks of living near a casino or racino. https://t.co/9bPGqJzWTW

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Learning how to help starts with knowing what to look for. Watch our quick video about the signs of problem gambling. Help is always available by calling Ohio’s helpline at 1-800-589-9966 or texting 4HOPE to 741741.