El Paso’s own Project Amistad has been awarded a veterans’ mental health grant from the Texas Veterans Commission to support programs that address the mental health needs of the area’s former soldiers and their families.
“The intent of our program is to support these clients by using cognitive behavioral therapy with an emphasis on anger management, suicide prevention, assertiveness, and interpersonal skills training,” says Kenneth Ward, veterans’ counselor for Amistad.
The program provides direct services to military veterans and their families including clinical counseling, peer-delivered services, and non-clinical support services.
The grant will support the Amistad for Veterans Project. Established in 2013, the project provides counseling for veterans and their beneficiaries who are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury.
The counseling program, with wrap-around services, empowers veterans and their families to regain control of their own lives despite the disruptions incurred in combat. Counseling services are provided by licensed professionals with military backgrounds and expertise in providing professional counseling services to veterans and their families.
Established in 1976, Project Amistad is a not-for-profit agency established to provide services to elderly persons, persons with disabilities, and persons at risk.
Amistad’s programs have served tens of thousands of persons throughout West Texas, helping to fulfill their mission to advocate, connect and deliver social services to communities, ensuring a dignified and meaningful life for all.