Veterans Counseling available locally

It's a comfort to know that help is available for those that need it.The Taylor County Vet Center is branching out and offering counseling services to veterans in the Sweetwater community. Since December, a counselor has been making weekly visits to Sweetwater each Thursday to serve veterans in a local capacity."The key [component] is readjustment," said LaTreca Guthrie, team leader of the Taylor County Vet Center. All combat veterans of any war are able to receive the readjustment counseling to help overcome such obstacles as post-traumatic stress, the transition back into civilian life, reuniting with family, or the demands of everyday life.But even beyond the efforts in successfully returning to civilian life, counseling is also offered to any veteran who experienced any type of sexual trauma while serving in the military.Furthermore, bereavement counseling is also available for families who have lost a loved one while in active duty. Individual, group, marital and family counseling sessions are offered for anyone meeting the requirements. However, veterans must submit a verification form of their military service.Guthrie stresses the fact that the Vet Center and readjustment counseling is always available. In coming to Sweetwater, the Vet Center is trying to cover all bases and is the first group to make weekly stops to the area. She hopes that the radio interview on KXOX that took place on Friday morning, March 4, prompted awareness of the counseling and other services by word of mouth.Also, the Vet Center hopes to continually promote their services through involvement in the community and by attending various local functions, such as the previously-held memorial dedication in Roscoe. Plans are also underway to potentially participate in the Rattlesnake Round-Up parade on Thursday, March 10. Guthrie's passion for this project is evident and is even willing to contact community agencies outside of the Vet Center to help veterans in need. "We're willing to connect them to those who can help," she said, "even if it isn't with us."For more information on with readjustment counseling, contact VCSO Robert R. McBride at 325-235-2214.