Counseling Military FamiliesThe Wheaton Youth Outreach counseling program was recently awarded a $500 grant from Veteran Cultural and Clinical Competence (V3C), which will go toward the scholarship fund for veterans living in the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton.

“The need for evidence-based post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) therapy, with emphasis on family, for residents at Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans has been established,” says Gail Hoffman, director of Wheaton Youth Outreach. “The barriers are that veterans must travel long distances and service hours are not compatible with veterans’ work hours. We offer the perfect solution: We’re less than two blocks away from the shelter and we offer evening hours.”

The grant was awarded to Outreach following the Veteran Cultural and Clinical Competence (V3C) Learning Series, a learning collaborative the Outreach Community Counseling Centers took part in to increase access to mental health services for veterans, National Guard, and military reserves families.