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Serving Together: Troops, Veterans and Family Care Project

Pain Connection is one of eight Montgomery County’s non-profits collaborating with the Mental Health Association in their newest program called “Serving Together”. This program will provide accessible, useful and well-coordinated services to troops, veterans and their families. The overall objective of Serving Together is the creation of a new model of care that will coordinate and strengthen community-based resources for troops, veterans and their families and improve access to a range of health, mental health and other support services.

Serving Together will benefit active-duty service members, those with the National Guard and Reserve, the estimated 500 wounded warriors receiving care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and their families. Additionally, the project will serve service members transitioning out of the military and reintegrating back into civilian life and veterans already separated from the military who are living in this community.

In Montgomery County, there are an estimated 50,000 veterans, 4,000 of whom serve or have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom and 50% of whom are drawn from the National Guard and Reserves.

Serving Together activities will first focus on assessment, coordination and alignment of services, but over a four-year period will grow to include all of the following project components:

  • Building awareness among community providers of the unique needs of troops, veterans and their families
  • Assessment, coordination and alignment of services
  • Specialized training of mental health providers in appropriate interventions
  • Education of military family members about early signs of mental health challenges
  • Launch and maintain interactive web-based resources
  • Peer-to-peer support through peer navigators

For more information view the Serving Together Flyer.