Mental healthcare among veterans has been a hot topic throughout the nation, and on Friday, the Clarksburg VA Hospital joined other veteran organizations to make it a top priority in West Virginia.
Darryl Beaird is a local veteran who served in Iraqi Freedom and is now continuing to serve the community as a member of the VFW Post in Fairmont.
"Veterans need to get the right help that they deserve," said Beaird.
Beaird was one of several community members, representing various veteran organizations, who attended Friday's Mental Health Summit in Fairmont. The event was hosted by the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. Discussions included Veterans Justice Outreach, Family Issues, and Employment, among plenty of others.
"Sometimes, they hear things out there that we don't always hear, and we really want to collaborate with them," said Heather Brown from the VA Hospital.
Samantha Blevins from the Morgantown Vet Center started the discussion. Blevins, a veteran herself, says the community based outpatient clinic is right next door to the vet center.
"Issues like marriage and family, bereavement, if someone has lost a loved one on active duty, then we're more able to help family members through that event in their life and help them readjust back to being a civilian," said Blevins.
This is the second year the VA Hospital has hosted the summit.
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