Despite this program's limited impact, its development led to an open discussion among a number of groups caring for veterans and National Guard personnel, which led to further assessment of services that are provided to this vulnerable population in our state. All parties felt this effort to be very productive, and the discussions helped to strengthen the communications among agencies, legislators, and private citizens caring for these men and women. This program allowed individuals to initially seek services from civilian psychiatrists, an option that some individuals may find less stigmatizing than seeking services through the VA. The ultimate goal was to provide another venue for service personnel to use, furthering the goal of helping the maximum number of people in need of treatment to obtain the care that they deserve. This program allowed psychiatrists to be seen as leaders in providing mental health care to our homecoming armed services men and women. Psychiatrists (and their psychiatric societies) in other states should consider developing similar programs and should intensify efforts to overcome the stigma associated with seeking treatment.