There was a lot to be proud of at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley in Fayetteville, NC this week.
The Cohen Clinic celebrated its one-year anniversary on July 26, while also reaching the 500-client milestone the day before. The clinic, one of 10 around the country, has now provided hundreds of veterans and military family members with high-quality mental health care. Across the country, the Cohen Veterans Network has helped more than 7,000 clients since an April 2016 public unveiling.
Medal of Honor Recipient Kyle White spent the day in Fayetteville to help mark the milestone.
“It is fantastic to see how this clinic has met the need in Fayetteville. Reaching 500 clients in year one is a great representation of what we are trying to do in our 10 markets,” White said. “I have post-traumatic stress and went and got treatment. I want that story for other veterans, and we are seeing that play out now for thousands of veterans. Everything that we chose to do at each Cohen Clinic is very special.”
White’s day began at a local academy for children of military families. The CVN Spokesperson addressed a group of 100 new cadets at the Tar Heel Challenge Academy in nearby Salemburg, where students are working on achieving high school diplomas and preparing for their next steps in life. White was able to share his story of overcoming obstacles growing up and after military service.
“Train your mind, this is the most important weapon you will have,” White told the students. “We all face adverse conditions and challenges we have to overcome. Remember that the tough parts are only small moments in time and we shouldn’t let them define who we are.”
A sit-down interview with the Fayetteville Observer was next on the agenda. In this story, White talks about the importance of treating the entire military family.
“They served together, so we expect them to heal together,” White told the Observer. “That’s why we’re inclusive about the family unit.”
Clinic CEO John Bigger of Cape Fear Valley Health welcomed guests from the community and staff members to a late afternoon celebration inside the clinic space. View the video from the event on our Facebook page.
“I’m proud of what the clinic has accomplished, but as proud of the Fayetteville community for their response to this,” Bigger said. “This has been a complete collaborative effort. We have to thank Mr. Cohen for making all of this possible.”
WRAL was on hand at the anniversary event and produced this story featuring both Bigger and White.
The next event on the Cohen Veterans Network calendar is the August 13 public opening for our newest clinic in the network, in Clarksville, TN.
By Anthony Guido
CVN Vice President, Communications & Marketing