The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Enlisted Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the larger Military Affairs Council, hosted Natasha Walden, Outreach Director for the Steve A Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors in San Antonio at this week’s monthly meeting. Natasha’s presentation was informative and insightful, as well as timely for our attendees – who span across all the branches of service and lead as Senior Non-Commissioned Officers throughout our Joint Base San Antonio military missions. Many veterans, families, and service members are undergoing additional stresses of isolation, financial instability, and uncertainty as we continue to move through the recovery process of the recent pandemic. The Cohen Clinics seek to provide superior and discreet support for our military members who choose to seek care off the installations.
Natasha provided important background on the Cohen Military Family Clinics and let us know that San Antonio is home to one clinic with two other Texas locations in El Paso and Killeen. The clinics provide high-quality, accessible, and integrated mental health care to Veterans and their families, regardless of role while in uniform or discharge status. All three clinics are part of Cohen Veterans Network, a national not for profit organization serving Veterans and military families through 19 clinics across the country, and by the end of 2021 there will be 25.
The clinics serve Post-9/11 Veterans which includes anyone who has served in the United States Armed Forces, regardless of role while in uniform, discharge status, or combat experience, as well as:
- National Guard, Coast Guard, and Reserve members;
- Family members as determined by the Veteran;
- Active-duty members with Tricare Referrals; and
- Family members of active duty service members.
They offer counseling services for:
- Individuals, couples, and families;
- Case management to assist with additional resources needed in the community;
- Medication management to provide medications to assist with the therapeutic process;
- Life skills / psychoeducation classes; and
- Support groups.
“We work hard to eliminate the barriers to care for our Veterans and their Families and cost will never be a barrier to receive support,” said Nathasha. Additional benefits of using the Steven A Cohen Military Family Clinic are free childcare to anyone receiving services, transportation to and from the clinics within 20 miles and confidential online therapy through telehealth services.
She also highlighted the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center (VWC), which provides virtual services in mental health care for those individuals with severe, chronic, and/or co-occurring mental health disorders. Staff members are trained to help military Veterans and surviving spouses with these areas of need by providing the following services in an effort to improve the quality of life of our clients:
- Mental health counseling,
- Group therapy,
- Peer support, and
- Wellness care.
The Endeavors VWC delivers positive, supportive, and integrated care to focus on our client’s goals and overall health, which enhances daily choices for wellness. Driven by the vision to restore and improve quality of life, the VWC focuses on six principles of wellness: mind-body, connectedness, spiritual, environmental, economic, and knowledge. The newly designed VWC will open in November 2021 and will offer health and wellness events in person, as well.
For additional information on the Steven A Cohen Military Clinics or the Veterans Wellness Center, contact Natasha Walden at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-399-4838 (ext 385), email SAclinic@endeavors.org (210-399-4838) or VWC-SA@endeavors.org (210-866-3860). If the clinic is closed and assistance is needed, contact Vets4Warriors at 855-838-8255 or the National Veterans Crisis Hotline at 800-273-8255 and press 1.