Officials zeroed in on veteran needs and resources during a recent meeting.
Virginia Senators Jeremy McPike and George Barker, and Delegates Hala Ayala, Lee Carter, Elizabeth Guzman, Danica Roem and Luke Torian held a Veteran Town Hall last month.
Veteran benefits and assistance for military spouses during their job search were among the topics discussed at the meeting, which took place at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1503 in Dale City.
Mental health was covered, as well.
During the past several years, officials have worked to enhance Virginia’s mental health system.
The changes, according to Barker, are expected to be completed in the next few years.
A couple of years ago, a veteran in Prince William County who reported that they had a mental health problem and asked to be seen would be placed on a waiting list.
They would then remain on the waiting list, unless they experienced a mental health crisis.
“What we are doing now is we are turning that around so that if you call up and say, ‘I have a problem and I need to be seen,’ you will be seen that day — or if it’s late in the afternoon, you will be seen the next day — get an evaluation, and a treatment plan will be set up for you to get you the services you need,” Barker said.
Attendees also learned about various organizations that serve veterans, including Haymarket-based non-profit Serve Our Willing Warriors (SOWW).
SOWW works with veterans who are facing mental health issues, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
“I would highly, highly, highly recommend that if you know anyone in the Greater Prince William County area who could use their service, please get in touch with Serve Our Willing Warriors,” Roem said. “They’re a fantastic organization built straight from the ground up out of complete love for this community.”
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