One year ago, The Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors Killeen, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on the grounds of its 3,000-square-foot facility in Killeen.
The organization celebrated its place among the community, assisting service members and family members with their mental health needs, during a recent anniversary ceremony at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.
The Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors Killeen provides counseling services to soldiers, veterans and their families who are suffering from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma and other traumatic events in their lives. The clinic also works diligently to provide service to assist in care such as Uber and Lift rides to and from appointments, medication management, child care during an appointment, and tele-health for free to clients.
“The biggest thing we want to do is to remove that stigma, or hesitancy, that comes to getting help,” said Ovi Rivera, outreach director for The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors in Killeen. “A lot of veterans assume that by opening up and sharing what they are going through, they will be looked at differently or that they can’t get help, so we want to work to change that mindset.”
Rivera, who is also a former client of Endeavors, also took time to share his story about how the loss of his first-born daughter, his experiences while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and being hit by a drunken driver, made him want to seek help.
“It was too much going on the last 10 years of my career, it was almost back to back. So, when the up tempo stopped, I found myself in a very dark place. I was at a new normal and I didn’t know how to deal with it, but Endeavors helped me, and I am grateful to them because of it,” he said.
Charles Fulghum, chief operating officer at Endeavors, spoke of how proud he was of the accomplishments of the Killeen clinic and how the staff strive to assist soldiers and family members achieve what he calls “getting back to better.”
“First of all, let me just say thank you. Every person that works at Endeavors in Killeen has a passion and dedication to serving others and for each one of those folks we owe a huge debt of thanks. Thank you for what you do every day, your service to others when they need it the most, your sacrifice, and your dedication to doing it,” Fulghum said.
The clinic also has plans to expand its facility and add more programs within the coming months.
For more information on The Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors Killeen call 254-213-7847.
This clinic is at 1103 W, Stan Schlueter Loop, Building A, Suite 100.