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Mobile VA Center helps veterans in Alice

Posted at 9:56 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 23:04:33-05

Veteran David Salinas has one mission, to connect as many vets to resources as possible.

“PTSD is a main one that we have around here,” says Jim Wells Veterans Service officer David Salinas.

Salinas, who served four years in the Marine Corps, recently became the officer for the Jim Wells Veterans Service Office.

He tells us, there are a lot of vets needing assistance but many are unable to travel the 45 miles it takes to get to Corpus Christi.

“Some of them can’t move, so you almost have to go visit them,” says Vietnam veteran Raymon Reyna.

This week the VA mobile center stopped in Alice on Monday and Tuesday.

Helping vets with disability claims, connecting them with counseling for PTSD, trauma, substance abuse or signing them up with health benefits.

As well as gathering the correct paperwork.

“The DD214, have your medical records, have your service records, and any supporting documents for your injury,” says Salinas.

Coastal Bend Food Bank gave out food, and organizations like Mi Casa Home Health Agency was also present informing vets of services they can access for free.

“They’re surprised, they don’t know they qualify for a provider, they don’t know they qualify for a visiting nurse to come see them do their vitals every week,” says Henry Perez.

Salinas says he will continue raising awareness about these services to encourage vets to seek assistance.

“If they’re having problems, any kind of problems that the veterans are having they need to reach out to me, or reach out to the vet center” >

The next event will be in February, you can visit their Facebook page to stay up to date with plans.