Lewis County Veteran Peer Counseling Program Begins

By The Staff of The Chronicle

Lewis County veterans will soon be offered peer counseling services in addition to housing, health care and other community resources, according to a Lewis County news release. On Tuesday, $75,000 in county veterans’ relief funds were authorized by Lewis County commissioners to launch the new peer-to-peer program.

The Lewis County Veterans Services Office, in cooperation with the local organization Veterans Journey Forward and the Veterans Memorial Museum, will coordinate new services to be offered at the museum, located at 100 SW Veterans Way in Chehalis, according to the release. .

“Having different options available to our veterans is beneficial, said Lewis County Veterans Specialist Heidi Palmer.

Jesse Lloyd, director of Veterans Journey Forward, added: “This is going to help build a bridge for desperately needed extra health and resources.”

Volunteer peer counselors who wish to participate can apply to the Veterans Memorial Museum.

Lewis County Commissioner Lindsey Pollock said it was “an opportunity for our community to show the federal government how it’s done.”

Commissioner Lee Grose said he hoped the county would become an example to the nation. .

Commissioner Sean Swope added: “I am grateful that we can support our veterans in this way.

The county previously said it would need $300,000 to start the program.

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