Beckley VA Medical Hosting Sessions To Help Military Members

BECKLEY (WOAY) – In early January, an Executive Order was issued with the goal to reduce the Veteran suicide rate and addressing a gap in qualifying care. It provides all currently separated service members with one year of mental health care.

Beginning Saturday, February 24, the Beckley VA Medical Center will offer transitional healthcare group sessions on Saturdays for new Veterans returning to civilian life after serving their country. The transition group will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Building 14/15 in the mental health campus down the hill from the main medical center facility.  Veterans do not have to be currently enrolled in the VA to participate and may register on February 24 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

By offering this additional support opportunity to more Veterans, the Beckley VAMC will fulfill the executive order’s goal of reducing the number of Veteran suicides. Beckley VAMC remains committed to ensuring suicide prevention is a top priority every day. The Beckley VA continues to work diligently with community partners to create a community that overcomes the stigma many Veterans feel when seeking the help they need.

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.