Letters to the Editor

Women vets can get assistance

Regarding "Center doesn't serve female vets' needs" (July 14, Letters): The Vet Center serves both female and male combat veteran needs. Our primary mission is to help returning combat veterans with readjustment issues and post traumatic stress disorder, regardless of gender.

These services also extend to family members so long as the veteran wishes.

We also provide assessment and referrals for military sexual trauma. All our counselors/therapists are experienced in treating sexual trauma and aware of the grave difficulties with this terrible offense.

Last, if the veteran prefers a female therapist, we are able to refer them to the VA Community Base Outpatient Clinic on McHenry Avenue. It is just two miles from our center.

We strive to serve those who have served.

STEPHEN LAWSON

team leader, Modesto Vet Center

Modesto

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