JACKSONVILLE, NC (WNCT) – A new support group in Onslow County is giving veterans the chance to be there for each other.
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Jacksonville provides assistance to 9/11 veterans. Clinic officials say that after recent events like the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of 9/11, veterans need support more than ever.
The support group will meet every Thursday at 5 p.m. in the community room of the clinic. Click here for more information.
“A lot of times these people have nowhere to turn or don’t know who to talk to, or are confident in trying to find support when they are grappling with these memories and dealing with their pasts,” Roe said. Holcomb, the establishment’s outreach officer. .
The program gives veterans the opportunity to talk to each other in an open space. It started out as a way to give veterans a way to talk to each other freely. One of the group’s founders said that most of the time when veterans speak, they feel like they are being judged.
“The veterans themselves are walking on eggshells, more or less because we think differently from, I mean, your typical civilian, often we are kept,” said Holcomb.
It gives them the chance to be with others who have been in similar situations and seen the same things, Holcomb said.
“Sitting down with other guys who have found the same mindset really helps you overcome your difficulties by chatting with other peers,” said Holcomb.
The Steven A. Choen Military Families Clinic at Hope for the Warriors is also an outpatient mental health clinic for veterans, military personnel and their families. They deal with various things that veterans may go through, such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
Holcomb wants to remind his fellow veterans that they’re all in the same boat.
“When you seek help, that support is there for you. there is nothing wrong with asking for help, ”said Holcomb.