Cohen Veterans Network spokesperson Kyle White, a Medal of Honor Recipient, recently spent a full day in El Paso stressing the need for mental health care for entire post-9/11 military families to a wide variety of audiences.
“What we do here is hard to put into words sometimes. In less than one year this clinic is doing great things to build out this community coalition, most importantly to benefit the entire family,” White said. “We know it’s not just the service member that deploys, but the family that also deploys. It is only fair for the family that deploys together, to heal together. That is what we offer.”
White’s efforts on May 24 began with an announcement at the Cohen Clinic in El Paso, stating that the city was now “Veterans Ready.” This came in the form of a proclamation from the City Council and indicates that the area is prepared for veterans along the lines of healthcare, family services, and education. White spoke along with Clinic Director Sandy Emanuel and others including clinic Outreach Director Ben Miranda and City Representative Sam Morgan, who are also veterans.
Many local officials in attendance credited the connectivity our clinic has brought to the community as part of attaining the official proclamation. Across the network, family members make up 44% of the more than 6,200 clients served in two years.
Recap the morning event with the archive of a Facebook Live video feed.
From there it was off to meet with the El Paso Chihuahuas minor league baseball team and tour their new downtown stadium. Kyle interacted with local MPs who were doing dog sniffing training in the stands. After that he spoke to a group of graduating NCOs at Ft. Bliss, where he stressed reducing stigma and urged these new leaders to make this kind of care normal for their young soldiers, long before they leave service.
Next was a speaking engagement at local Pebble Hills High School, where White addressed a large JROTC group. The group was almost entirely made up of children who are part of military families. News outlet CBS4 attended and ran a nice recap.
Finally, Kyle served as the keynote speaker at Ft. Bliss for the AUSA banquet. The dinner marked the 38th Annual AUSA GA Omar N. Bradley Chapter Awards, where the Cohen Veterans Network received several mentions including a nod to the strong work Emanuel, Miranda, and the local clinic are doing.
“This is a remarkable community, one that has come together to serve the entire military family well. This day has really brought that home for me,” said White.
By Anthony Guido
CVN Vice President, Communications & Marketing