From Middletown Alerts:
MIDDLETOWN –The Mobile Vet Center (MVC) of Lakewood, NJ offers weekly counseling and outreach services in Middletown Township. VFW Post 2179 located on Route 36 hosts the MVC in their parking lot on Thursdays, thanks to a partnership made possible through the Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee.
Vet Centers provide counseling services to combat veterans and veterans who experience sexual trauma while on active duty. They can also provide services to the family members of these veterans as well as family members of those who have fallen while on active duty. The MVC is staffed by a counselor and an outreach specialist. The MVC is located in Middletown on Thursdays.
“We are trying to bring services closer to the veterans,” says Daria Pampaloni, LCSW, Team Leader for the Lakewood Vet Center. “We provide services to veterans in Monmouth and Ocean County but Lakewood can be a long trip if a veteran doesn’t have a car, or if they need to hire a babysitter. We’re trying to bring the services closer to those who need us.”
Because the MVC is a multi-purpose vehicle, it will continue to fulfill its mission to provide outreach services at events around the state. Post 2179 provides a private office so the counselor can continue to meet with veterans and their families if the mobile counseling center is not available on a Thursday. Interested veterans can contact 908-607-6364 to set up an appointment.