Mobile veterans center visits Thursday
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2014 | 769 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Mobile Vet Center will be in Cleveland Thursday to offer information to combat veterans and their families.

The center travels throughout rural Tennessee helping to connect veterans with resources as they readjust to life in the U.S.

Bradley County Veteran’s Services Director Larry McDaris said this was the first time the resource was coming to Cleveland in the seven years he had worked in the office.

The unit will be at 4495 Keith St. from 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

The mobile center does not provide medical counseling, but behavioral counseling services are available at the Veteran Center in Chattanooga. Mobile center staff keeps all information confidential.

The director said he was glad the resource was coming to the area.

He said he and veteran services officer Joe Davis will be on hand throughout the day to let people know about the local Veterans Services office.

McDaris said he felt having the Mobile Vet Center in the area would be an asset to local veterans and bring awareness to what is available locally.

According to a press release, the mobile vet center provides information on readjustment counseling, dealing with military sexual trauma, marital and family counseling, VA benefits and community education opportunities. McDaris said the Mobile Vet Center is more of a referral service.

McDaris said the veteran’s center helps a lot of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

He said many times a soldier who has returned from a war zone does not know what’s wrong and sometimes does not want to admit there is anything wrong.

“PTSD not only affects the individual veteran but their family. They have anger issues. Some are depressed,” McDaris said.

Nightmares can also “create a lot of problems.”

McDaris said there have veterans that have come to his office that had no idea what PTSD was, but he recognized some of the symptoms.

“We are able to refer them to the vet center and get them help,” McDaris said. “They really get good results.”

PTSD as a result of military service is a compensational disability through the Veteran’s Affairs office. McDaris said there are levels of compensation.

McDaris said veterans do not need to bring any paperwork with them to receive information from the clinic.