VetStar receives $25,000 grant to expand mental health services - FOX34 Lubbock

VetStar receives $25,000 grant to expand mental health services for veterans

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Half of all returning veterans who need mental health treatment after service, won't get it, that's according to a study by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. In our area Starcare and VetStar are trying to fill that gap.

One of VetStar's primary goal's as a non-profit is to increase, improve, and expand mental health services for veterans here in the South Plains. The Disabled Veterans National Foundation is helping VetStar carry out that mission with a $25,000 grant.

"The thing I think DVNF recognized about VetStar is that we are very boots on the ground," said Steven Lara, veteran case manager for VetStar. "We will go to veterans if necessary to make sure they receive the services they need."

Steven Lara applied for the grant. He said here in the South Plains, a large number of veterans fall victim to substance abuse caused by post traumatic stress.

VetStar serves as a liaison to help veterans find the services that best fits their needs. Lara said often times veterans go on without knowing how to find help. With these extra funds VetStar will train its staff with alternative therapies, like eye movement desensitization reprocessing or EMDR training.

VetStar is on standby to assist and guide veterans to proper mental health services, contact information can be found here.







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