Last night I traveled to Waco to see for myself the hard work going on at the Heart of Texas Veterans One-Stop. MVPN Peer Service Coordinator DeLisa Russell and her team were conducting a volunteer meeting and preparing for a busy Navy Week. Waco, Texas, plumb in the middle of the great state, is one of only 14 designated cities hosting Navy Week events – who knew?
The session was well attended and the mix was great, with Veterans from the modern wars and back to Vietnam. The Waco Transit System gave a good briefing on how to connect with both their urban and rural, door-to-door systems and DeLisa let me speak about using the C-SSRS to structure the first conversations around suicide prevention.
There is a ton of stuff going on all over the Central Texas area (all of Texas actually) but watching pros organize these committed volunteers and seeing the spectrum of tasks they were accomplishing – from providing first contact mental health services to giving WW II Veterans a special look at the airshow, I was struck by how well Texas veterans are served by the MVPN and how many events, activities, and resources there are for them. If you are in Central Texas, make sure you stop by the Heart of Texas Veterans One-stop in Waco and tell them hello, or simply play a game. They are getting after it!
DeLisa wearing her Veterun tee - sign up here and see you Saturday morning!