Fort Worth Congressman To Hold Veterans Town Hall On Mental Health

Chris Sommer
November 08, 2018 - 2:51 pm

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Reports say the gunman who killed 12 people in a southern California bar was a former U.S. Marine who may have been dealing with mental health issues.

Thursday night in Fort Worth, U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey will host a Veterans Town Hall that will deal specifically with mental health issues. 

Veasey said, "We've never done one that has just focused on mental health before.  But we decided to do this and put this together because we know that is an issue with a lot of our local veteran population out there, particularly veterans that find themselves in a situation where they're homeless because they are suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) or something else."

Following the tragedy in California, Veasey said he hopes more local veterans will be encouraged to come out and open up about what they are experiencing, "Particularly if they were in theater, and are suffering from PTSD, and knowing that it's okay to talk about it.  And here are the services that are available to you, and if you're not getting those services from the VA or from another entity that is supposed to be providing them to you, then here are the steps you can take."

During Thursday night's town hall, Rep. Veasey will lead a discussion on the epidemic of suicides among veterans and the mental health issues they are facing.  The panel will include experts from VA North Texas, MHMR Tarrant County and Catholic Charities of Fort Worth.

All local veterans are invited and encouraged to attend the town hall.  It starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Baker Building at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.