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July 18th, 2011
Mobile veterans center offers free services at Hays County Courthourse


The Hays County Veteran Services Office and the Northwest San Antonio Vet Center are sponsoring a mobile outreach center today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hays County Courthouse.

The mobile vet center, a specialized van, is designed to bring information and services to veterans and their families in areas outside of major cities.

The county invites veterans, their families and the general public to stop by the van. The van travels throughout Central Texas to inform veterans and their families about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and readjustment counseling services. The mobile vet center is equipped and staff to serve veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), active-duty combat trauma, active-duty military sexual trauma, and can offer bereavement services for family members.

Mobile vet center services are offered free of charge and no appointment is necessary.

Four mobile vet centers were deployed to the Fort Hood area on November 5, 2009, hours after U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan allegedly killed 13 people in a shooting spree.

The Killeen Heights Vet Center and the four mobile vet centers served more than 8,200 veterans, soldiers, family members and civilians at Fort Hood and the surrounding area who were in need of counseling and emotional support, according to the VA.

For more information, contact Hays County Veteran Services Officer Jude Prather at 512-392-8387 or the Northwest San Antonio Vet Center at 210-688-0606.

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