A News 13 update now on a free service available to qualified veterans in our area. We do this report now as the month of June is designated as National PTSD Awareness Month. A closer look in this week's Problem Solver.
For those who have been there, they say there is nothing like being deployed in combat. But, when military combat duty is over, the return to civilian life may not be easy. Those intense memories can bring problems at home, particularly with families. But help is available and it is a close as a center in Bay County.
The Bay County Vet Center opened last June. Matt Standish is the Outreach Coordinator at the center and says, "We work with the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are federal don't fall under state or local. We don't have doctors on our staff. No psychiatrists. Our counselors are licensed clinical social workers so we can treat just about any subject you can think of. Readjustment counseling services to veterans (are offered). We also work with veterans of sexual trauma...and their families."
Privacy is very important to for the veterans and that is why News 13 conducted our interview outside the center. Standish says, "we offer our veterans that confidentiality, that privacy, that they want so that there are no labels stuck on them..
According to a VA report earlier this year, 22 veterans take their own lives everyday across the nation. The Bay County Vet Center offers counseling and hope. It cannot assist veterans with claims
The center is located at 3109 Minnesota Avenue suite 101 in Panama City and is open Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome. Here is the phone number 522-6102.