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Mobile veterans outreach team due on peninsula
Peninsula community combat veterans will now have improved access to counseling services and referrals for VA benefits and community resources.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Tacoma Vet Center will deploy a Mobile Outreach Team beginning Monday, April 28, to the Olympic Peninsula. The mobile team will be at the following locations for dates and times shown:
• Port Angeles, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 30. At Elwha Klallam Heritage Training Center, 401 E. First St.
• Port Angeles, 8 a.m.-noon, May 2. At Elwha Klallam Heritage Training Center, 401 E. First St.
Veterans can make an appointment by calling 253-565-7038. Veterans also are welcome for walk-in services.
VA uses Mobile Outreach Teams as a way to increase access to counseling services for veterans and their families in rural and underserved communities across the country. If you are a veteran or active duty service member who has served in a combat zone in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq or Afghanistan, you may be eligible for free counseling.
If you find yourself to be easily angered or startled, have lost interest in activities you used to enjoy, find yourself re-experiencing traumatic events, or avoiding things that remind you of those events, having difficulty in concentration or memory, or feel that you are emotionally numb toward others, come and talk to a counselor to determine if you could benefit from counseling. VA benefits and referrals are available to all qualifying veterans regardless of combat service status.
The VA has 300 vet centers serving communities across the country, offering individual and group counseling for veterans and their families, family counseling for military-related issues, bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death, military sexual trauma counseling and referral, outreach and education, VA benefits explanation and referral, and screening and referral for medical issues including traumatic brain injury and depression. For more information on services provided, visit www.vetcenter.va.gov.
For more information on this event, contact Jason Scott or Mark Buckler at 253-565-7038.