Mental health clinic for military personnel opens in Oceanside

Over 100K military personnel and members of the family and eligible for therapy at this new clinic.

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A brand new psychological health clinic simply opened in Oceanside to serve post-9/11 veterans, active-duty service members and their households.

The clinic is a part of the Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), and it was chosen due to its proximity to Camp Pendleton. 

A ceremony Wednesday morning celebrated the grand opening. Several audio system took the rostrum, together with Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts. He now works as an envoy for CVN. 

“Physical health, obviously there’s a lot of help out there for that, there’s not sort of that stigma that’s associated with getting help like there is with mental health,” stated Staff Sgt. Pitts. “I think when we talk about it, we encourage others to get help, we talk about our journey, we normalize it, we de-mystify mental health.”

Those eligible for this clinic embody over 33,000 post-9/11 veterans, about 40,000 active-duty service members and greater than 31,000 military members of the family. 

Staff Sgt. Pitts was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in 2014 for his brave acts whereas serving in Afghanistan.

He stated the transition from military life to civilian life is difficult. He stated he struggled with despair, and a few of his buddies have struggled with nervousness. This new clinic is designed to assist military members and their households take care of these challenges, in addition to grief and loss, PTSD and extra.

At least half of the clinic’s employees are former members of the military or associated to somebody who’s served. 

The Cohen Veterans Network was created in 2016, and has handled greater than 42,000 individuals. The Oceanside clinic would be the second Cohen Clinic in California after one opened in San Diego in 2019. Another is slated to open later this year in Los Angeles. Besides providing in-person care, these new Cohen Clinics might additionally present telehealth companies state-wide to over 655,000 potential purchasers. 

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