(Las Vegas) – WestCare, a community-based nonprofit providing responsive human services and behavioral health care programs for four decades, announced today that it has expanded its Veterans’ services.
WestCare, founded in Las Vegas 40 years ago, serves approximately 5,000 veterans throughout the United States annually. America’s returning warriors often face health challenges including substance abuse and mental health disorders, identified as this generation’s “invisible wounds of war.” Among them are post traumatic stress, brain injury, sexual trauma, anxiety and depression. Episodes of homelessness, unemployment, and criminal justice involvement are not uncommon among our Veterans.
“These challenges present opportunities for community organizations, led by specially trained, qualified and informed staff, to assist with issues such as social isolation, domestic violence, reintegration and transition, and other problems a Veteran, as well as Veteran family members, may be experiencing,” said veteran and Director of Veteran Services, Dan Bernal. “WestCare is committed to helping Veterans and military family members live positive, productive and healthy lives.”
WestCare’s expanded programs are aimed at addressing a broad range of issues for Veterans and their families through services that include: treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders with gender or youth-specific services as appropriate, HIV/AIDS-specific programs, assistance to homelessness including transitional shelters and permanent housing projects, family counseling, community reintegration, assistance to those who are justice involved, educational and vocational programs for both youth and adults, and case management.
From the top down, starting with WestCare’s President and Vietnam Veteran, Richard Steinberg, more than 10 percent of WestCare’s leadership and staff are Veterans and members of military families. The organization has a deep understanding of military culture at every level and in every program. “Serving those who have served” is more than a slogan at WestCare.
Since the organization’s inception, Veterans have been welcomed into WestCare programs. Today, the expanding reach of Veteran-specific programs is aimed at extending services to the men and women who deserve respect for their service, understanding of where they have been, and opportunities for their future.
WestCare, whose mission “uplifting of the human spirit,” was founded 40 years ago in Las Vegas. Since its inception, it has grown to more than 100 locations in 16 U.S. States, the US Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands headquartered in Guam. The non-profit organization has a variety of programs available in each of the communities it serves. For more information on the WestCare Foundation and its mission, visit www.WestCare.com.