In working with homeless and at-risk of homeless veterans since 2013, East Texas Veterans Resource Center (ETVRC) found that low income, mental health, and lack of a good support systems are all contributing factors and we attempt to address the shortfalls.
The VIRTUS program addresses the mental health and support systems shortfalls by:
Offering funding to qualified Veterans and their family members for Clinical Counseling services and non-clinical therapies including: Animal-Assisted Therapy, Art Therapy, Equine Therapy, and Music Therapy.
Helping the strong become stronger through support and self-improvement.
Providing assistance to Veterans, their dependents, and/or a surviving spouse.
The Peer Navigator provides peer support to those who enter the program so participants are not going it alone. He meets potential beneficiaries where they are covering 12 Counties in Northeast Texas insuring there smooth entrance into the program.
The VIRTUS program is made up of peer support, outreach and education, peer groups, and even alternate forms to improve mental health and overall well-being.
Each person in the program is assigned to a counselor who has either served in the military, a close family member to someone who served or is serving in the military, or has completed training to better service Veterans and their family members with their unique circumstances.
What is a Veteran:
A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.
Note: There are time restrictions and limitations on uses of grant funds with respect to the categories of participants grantees may serve.