By Christine Hockin-Boyd, Community Lifeline Center
Community Lifeline Center will be highlighting its veterans programs throughout the month of May. This installment focuses on the many local businesses that provide services to our veterans]
Community Lifeline Center was awarded a Texas Veterans Commission grant in 2011 to provide support to veterans, their survivors or dependents. A wide array of financial, legal, medical and dental, and transportation services can be given to veterans in need. While CLC case managers do the heavy lifting of verifying and clarifying needs, the assistance given to our veterans wouldn’t be possible without the professional services provided by Community Lifeline Center partners – local businesses who help veterans with needs that many of us take for granted.
Please meet just a few of them:
• Legal assistance: Veterans in need of legal help including wills, and powers of attorney, are served by the Law Office of Penny Phillips.
• Chuck’s Auto Repair Shop and North Texas Car Repair provide automotive repair.
• Many of our returning veterans and their spouses have asked for counseling to help them with the issues they meet after returning from war and reuniting with their family. Allen Counseling Associates and Apex Counseling Services both offer their professional services in counseling
• Medical and dental care will be provided by a number of area professionals including Dossett Dental, Dr. Sam Patel, and Community Dental Care. Medical needs will be served through partnerships with PrimaCare, Any Lab Now, Envision Imaging of Allen, and McKinney Pharmacy. If a veteran or dependent has a need for vision care Pinnacle Eye Associates is also a partner.
Community Lifeline Center is proud to have Megan Hickman, MSW, as the Case Manager for the Veterans. In addition to her valued counseling, CLC offers computer training classes, financial classes and parenting classes that the veterans, dependents and surviving spouses use to improve their educational skills. Helping veterans translate their military skills into civilian skills, preparing a resume, and preparing them for employment interviews is an important part of the “Job Seekers” class that CLC hosts.
How can you help?
Share this with a friend or veteran. Take a moment to thank all of our business partners – better yet, do business with them. They provide a crucial service to our veterans and deserve our thanks, and more. Join CLC through a donation, or join as a volunteer.