Wednesday, January 06, 2010

New Bucks VA Center

from the inbox:

Today, Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) joined Dan Fraley, Bucks County Director of Veterans Affairs, and representatives from the Veterans Administration to announce the opening of the Bucks County Vet Center . The new Vet Center , located at Canal’s End Office Complex in Bristol , will begin offering services free-of-charge to eligible veterans from any conflict and their families within two months.

Vet Centers are a critical piece of meeting the mental health needs of returning servicemembers. They are staffed by professionals experienced and trained in working with veterans, and by counselors coming from many disciplines including psychology, social work, nursing, and rehabilitation counseling. In fact, many staff members at Vet Centers are military veterans themselves. Veterans and their families can receive all types of individual and group counseling, including that which focuses on readjustment, marital and family needs, and substance abuse. In addition, Vet Centers assist returning service members in receiving their VA benefits, and help refer them for jobs and employment assistance. The Bucks County Vet Center will offer a broad range of services, and will help serve the unique needs of all generations of veterans and their families living in the community.

“I was proud to work together in a bipartisan manner with Congressman Murphy to bring this much-needed Vet Center to Bucks County for veterans and their families,” said Dan Fraley, Director of Veterans Affairs for Bucks County .

“As an Army veteran, I understand firsthand the enormous sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform, and was proud to work to bring the Vet Center to Bucks County, which will be a critical step in addressing the unique mental health needs of the returning heroes in our community,” said Rep. Patrick Murphy.

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