Adams County vets program seeks to build community connections

Effort offering counseling, support, activities for veterans

Staff Report
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 12/5/19

Adams County veterans can get counseling and health help, thanks to a joint program being offered by the Adams County Veterans Service Office and the Denver Vet Center — part of the Department of …

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Adams County vets program seeks to build community connections

Effort offering counseling, support, activities for veterans

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Adams County veterans can get counseling and health help, thanks to a joint program being offered by the Adams County Veterans Service Office and the Denver Vet Center — part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

This partnership provides readjustment counseling and whole-body wellness closer to local veterans. It was created in direct response to the nationwide Governor’s Challenge Initiative that launched in 2018 to help prevent veteran suicide.

“This collaboration is a wonderful service for our community,” Adams County Commission Chair Steve O’Dorisio said. “Our partnership with the VA fulfills the board’s vision for the Veterans Service Office—supporting our veterans by ensuring they have access to the services they need.”

It’s the first partnership of its kind in Colorado, according to Adams County Veteran Service Officer Robert Sheetz.

“Perhaps even in the country, and it’s grown significantly since it began in January 2019,” Sheetz said. “It extends beyond counseling services at the Human Services Center, too, and there are many ways both residents and non-residents can get involved.”

The program offers an All Veterans Bowling League weekly at The Summit in Thornton, a Veterans Advisory Commission to advise County Commissioners and other county boards and councils on veterans’ issues within the community as well as other programs.

Those include a trauma-informed yoga once per week, an Adams County Court for veterans with substance use disorders, offering classes and relapse prevention planning, and readjustment counseling

“These types of activities help veterans feel connected to other veterans and their communities, and they drastically reduce the number of suicide deaths among former service members,” Denver Vet Center counselor Donald Maloy said. “We’re always looking at opportunities to expand this program, and the list of activities continues to grow.”

Veterans who are interested in getting involved should reach out to the Denver Vet Center at 303 326-0645 or visit their website, www.denver.va.gov online.

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