Family Support Services of Amarillo - Veteran Resource Center

The Veteran Resource Center (VRC) is a veteran-staffed drop-in facility that provides veterans, family members and surviving spouses with the opportunity to meet peers, apply for benefits, and receive mental health services and referrals to other resources.

FSS is partnering with and providing office space for local organizations that include Texas Workforce Solutions, West Texas Legal Aid, Texas Panhandle Centers, the VA and others who are invested in helping veterans. Besides peer services, the VRC will also provide individual, family and marital counseling through evidence-based therapy models such as Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Equine Assisted Therapy that have been shown to be the most effective in dealing with the issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury, sleep deprivation, sexual assault, and family violence.

The VRC is directed by a peer-support trained veteran who will refer veterans and their family members to appropriate resources. The VRC will also provide online community-based application assistance services for eligible individuals. If counseling is needed, Veterans and/or their family members can be referred to a counselor who can best assist them.

Services Available Include:
Identifying and addressing needs of Veterans and connecting with the resources they need

  • Providing assistance to homeless Veterans and those at-risk
  • Referrals to local Veteran-friendly agencies
  • Individual, family and marriage counseling
  • Peer support groups
  • Family support groups
  • Life skills training
  • Equine therapy
  • Networking with local, area and statewide services for claims, compensation and education

For more information, contact VRC Director Verlene Dickson, U.S. Army-
Retired, at 806.342.2509 or vsdickson@fss-ama.org

County / Counties Served: 
ARMSTRONG
BAILEY
BRISCOE
CARSON
CASTRO
CHILDRESS
COLLINGSWORTH
DALLAM
DEAF SMITH
DONLEY
FLOYD
GRAY
HALE
HALL
HANSFORD
HARTLEY
HEMPHILL
HUTCHINSON
LAMB
LIPSCOMB
MOORE
MOTLEY
OCHILTREE
OLDHAM
PARMER
POTTER
RANDALL
ROBERTS
SHERMAN
SWISHER
WHEELER
Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant

Grant Amount: $332,960

Program Description:
Project offers wraparound services to both veterans and their family members through a combination of evidence-based therapies, peer-driven group support, and supportive services.

Program Partners:
Family Support Services Veteran Resource Center, Texas Panhandle Centers, Texas Panhandle War Memorial