Lubbock MHMR receives grant for veteran assistance

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Updated: 3/23/2013 1:40 am
Assisting veterans isn't what the Lubbock Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center is best known for, but the center has made efforts to reach out to veterans in the region.

The center recently received a $200,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission to help veterans readjust to civilian life after combat.

Director of Community Affairs Roger Karr said the money will go towards helping veterans in Lubbock and surrounding areas with housing and educational pursuits.

"Sometimes when they're called to war, they leave jobs or they leave college," Karr said, "and when they get back, their lives have been in turmoil so they have some financial difficulties with their rent or utilities."

Karr said he believes there is always room to help when it comes to aiding veterans - especially in rural counties.

"If you live in a large city -Lubbock, Houston, Austin, Dallas- the services there for veterans are available," Karr said, "but if you live in Tahoka or Guthrie or Crosbyton, you served the same as the other veterans, but the services are a little less available."

Karr said because of this, Lubbock MHMR felt it was important to reach out to veterans in rural areas near Lubbock to ensure that those veterans get the services they deserve.

"The city of Lubbock owns the problem helping veterans," Karr said, "so we continue to hope to bring attention to the good programs that are helping and to the needs that are still out there."

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