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Mobile veteran center offers counseling

August 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Jackson Veteran Center Mobile Clinic will be on hand to provide counseling for local combat veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Walmart parking lot in West Point.
The Vet Center and G.V. Montgomery VA Medical Center launched a collaborative initiative in March to reach out to veterans and their families and assist them in finding health care and other services.
Jackson Vet Center Outreach Program Specialist Don Malin said the Vet Center works for the Department of Veteran Affairs, and provides readjustment counseling service for combat veterans.
“We have this initiative which is to get the mobile vet center to reach 68 counties and parishes in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas in the span of one year,” Malin said. “The initiative started in March and will conclude in March 2015, and we’re about halfway through our intended goal at this point.”
The mobile clinic will offer individual, group and family readjustment to assist service members in making a successful transition from combat to civilian life, according to Malin. He said the clinic will also provide counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma and bereavement for veterans of both genders.
“If they don’t have that kind of need, we also try to help them access other resources,” Malin said. “We can connect with someone who will be able to help them receive the benefits they’re entitled to.”

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