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Groups in PA Partner to Support Area Vets

Posted on Apr 16, 2020 06:51 pm

Even before the coronavirus outbreak, veterans lacked a central repository to tell them what services are available, but now it’s even more urgent that they know how to access those services, including through telehealth, veterans advocate Pete Freudenberger wrote in The Philly Voice.

“We depend on the resiliency and strength of those that serve, but we do not always catch veterans and service members when the systems designed to support them fall short,” wrote Freudenberger, an Army veteran and outreach manager at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania. The clinic is part of the Cohen Veterans Network.

His op-ed outlined COVID-19 response programs his organization and area partners are implementing for veterans in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Mental health services are now available via telehealth and peer-to-peer phone counseling. Other groups are helping veterans in financial distress, including those with urgent support for housing and food.

Nine of the organizations partnered to host a virtual town hall for veterans and families to ask questions. More than 100 participants took part.

“Let’s face it, COVID-19 has changed the way we all function in our daily lives,” Freudenberger wrote. “However, it is important for veterans facing these challenges to know there are organizations and resources that can help. At a time like this, it truly does take a village.”

New Jersey National Guard photo by Mark C. Olsen

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Post courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities

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