11/11/14 8:32 PM
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AMARILLO -- Family Support Services is reaching out to veterans in need.
We first told you about the new addition to Amarillo's Family Support Services back in August at the ribbon cutting.
Now, the Veteran Resource Center is in full swing
VRC Director Verlene Dickson says, "I don't know if it's because I love people, or because I'm a vet."
Whatever the reason, Dickson is on a mission to help veterans in need not only in our area, but all over the Texas Panhandle.
One veteran tells us, mission accomplished. Timothy Patti says, "I'm building a resume. This is outstanding. It's kind of like one stop shop. Verlene knows where to go, when to do it. The order to do things in. It's extremely helpful."
The VRC is a place where veterans and their families can go to sick back and relax, like Patti, look for jobs, and play games.
Dickson tells us, "we have the military peer to peer group. We also have other counselors in the building with Family Support Services. We also have legal aid that comes in twice a month that support all family members an veterans."
She says the center also offers life skills training, but most importantly, it's a place for veterans and their families to come for support and a friend Patti says, "I've been through a lot of cities and most cities don't have resources like this does. It really is an outstanding opportunity."
Dickson tells us the VRC is more of a stepping stone to help veterans and their families readjust back to civilian life.
She says this is done by encouragement, and just being there for each and every one who walks through the gate.
"Whatever you do, don't give up, don't stop, don't quit because if you need somebody, I will always be here."
Dickson tells us everything in the Veteran Resource Center has been donated by the community.
Socks for Soldiers donated coats, and other items.
She says the library has also donated several books.
Dickson also tells about Horse Play at Mesquite Ranch.
It's a therapy equine activity.
It's on Tuesday nights from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
It's free to service members, veterans and their families
Dickson says the Military Veteran Peer Network is another place where vets can go.
Their number is 341-0581.
For more information on the Veteran Resource Center, click here.