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• EDITOR’S NOTE: Veterans’ Corner, a column to inform armed-forces veterans about services and benefits available to them, appears the first Sunday of each month.

The wreaths for Indiana County veterans project needs your help to make it successful again in 2018.

Donations are needed to help provide for a live wreath with a red bow to be placed at the entrance of every cemetery in Indiana County to honor the memory and service of Indiana County’s military men and women.

You can make a tax-deductible contribution payable to VFW Post #1989 and mail it to Wreaths for Indiana County Veterans, P.O. Box 45, Kent, PA 15752.

There will be a wreath-laying ceremony Dec. 8 at the Indiana County Court House Veterans Wall. Folks that are planning and helping with the laying of wreaths at the entrances of our Indiana County cemeteries need to pick up their wreaths at the VFW on Dec. 6 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. If that does not work for you, contact Wesley Wertz at (814) 599-2191 to make other arrangements.

The local Indiana County Christmas Tree Growers Association will create the wreaths for the memorial event from Indiana County evergreen boughs. Your donation will be used to cover the cost associated with the production of the memorial wreaths.

The remainder of the proceeds collected will be given to the VFW Veterans Relief Fund to help local veterans throughout the coming year.

VET CENTERS

One fact of war is that in its aftermath, while nations enjoy peace, some service members experience psychological and social distress.

Congress established the provision for readjustment counseling by the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1979, recognizing that a significant number of Vietnam-era veterans continued to experience readjustment problems.

In 1991, legislation extended eligibility for counseling to combat veterans of post-Vietnam-era conflicts including the Persian Gulf, Panama, Grenada and Lebanon.

Due to the success of vet centers in addressing the needs of combat veterans, the program was expanded to include those who served in Somalia, Korea and World War II. In 2003, the program was further expanded to include those who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and subsequent operations with the global war on terrorism.

Vet centers help veterans and their family members make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life through a broad and successful range of counseling, outreach and referrals. The services are provided for free.

Services available at vet centers include individual readjustment counseling, referral for benefits assistance, group readjustment counseling, liaison with community agencies, marital and family counseling, substance abuse information and referral community education, referral for job counseling and VA education benefits, referral for homeless veterans, bereavement counseling, and sexual trauma and harassment counseling (for both genders).

CONFIDENTIALITY

The information disclosed in counseling is held in the strictest confidence. Every effort is made by staff to ensure a client’s privacy is not violated. Information obtained in the counseling session cannot be released to any source unless written authorization is obtained from the veteran.

If you need to speak with someone now, call the vet center call center at (877) WAR-VETS. The Veterans Crisis Line is (800) 273-8255.

This information is from the DuBois Vet Center pamphlet.

If you have any questions, call the Veterans Affairs office at (724) 465-3815.