Mental health services for southwest Kansas has become a major priority for many local organizations and health care providers.

The Wichita Vet Center holds bi-monthly services at the Kansas Soldier's Home every other Thursday.

"They have been using our facilities for quite some time," Kansas Soldier's Home superintendent Dave Smith said. "There services are not just for residents but for all veterans."

The Wichita Vet Center offers individual readjustment counseling, group readjustment counseling, and marital and family counseling as well as group counseling services that include: PTSD Veteran Groups, PTSD Aftercare Groups, PTSD Psycho-Education Groups, Marriage Enrichment Groups and Coping Skills Groups.

If there are additional needs for the community, the Wichita Vet Center is open to new group development.

According to Wichita Vet Center, they also include, direct client services, community education, consultation, conjoint treatment in concert with VA medical centers and outpatient clinics, the provision of guidance regarding obtaining needed services, networking and referrals and training of VA counselors and mental health professionals within the Vet Center staff.

In a press release, Wichita Vet Center also said that counseling services are free of charge to any veteran and active duty service member, to include members of the National Guard and Reserve components who have served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility; provided direct emergent medical care or mortuary services, while on active duty, to casualties of war; served as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided operational support in combat area.

Family members of veterans can also have services provided for military related issues regarding readjustment of those that have served.

Those who served in combat theater in World War II; Korean War; Vietnam War; Lebanon; Grenada; Desert Storm/Desert Shield; Bosnia; Kosovo; Operations in Yugoslavia area; Global War on Terrorism; Operation Enduring Freedom; Operation Freedom Sentinel; Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, are also able to receive services.

"We are proud to partner with the vet center," Smith said. "There services are for all veterans in the community."

The services at the Kansas Soldier's Home are available every other Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information or questions, call 316-265-0889 and ask for John.

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