A mental health nonprofit is launching a campaign to help local veterans find the resources and services they need with a new marketing campaign.
If you take the Metro to NIH or Naval Support Activity Bethesda, you might have noticed a brand new diorama ad for the Serving Together Project on the Medical Center station platform.
Serving Together, an initiative of the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, is meant to connect military veterans and their families to organizations that can help with housing, job training, health and education. The Association got a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2011.
The website includes a number of service directories and information on anxiety, post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.
A big component of the project is a Veteran and Family Peer Navigator, a veteran who can work one-on-one with people to connect them to services.
Project director Jessica Fuchs said the Association is now starting its big marketing campaign.
There were an estimated 50,000 veterans in 2012 in Montgomery County and the Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda is obviously an important facility for veteran healthcare.
In 2008, the county created legislation that created a Commission on Veterans Affairs. The Commission is charged with advising county government on services available to veterans.