Support available for women veterans in the Brazos Valley

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Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 3:16 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - When most people think of veterans and those who have served, you may think of the men who selflessly sacrifice for our country. However, according to a 2015 report done by the VA, women make up 9.4 percent of the total veteran population in the United States. By 2043, women are projected to make up 16.3 percent of all living veterans.

Pia Villalon, the program manager for St. Michael’s Veteran Services with the Catholic Charities of Central Texas was on News 3 Now on Friday. CCCTX wants to make sure women veterans know there is support available to them if they need it.

“We really serve to engage, educate, and empower people in the Brazos Valley,” Villalon said.

CCCTX has resources available for everyone, regardless of the client’s faith calling. Services such as immigration legal services, parenting and pregnancy services, financial stability, disaster response, counseling services and the veteran program.

“We can serve as a shield at home to our nation’s heroes by providing crisis intervention, short-term financial assistance...and provide them a holistic approach of case-based management,” Villalon said.

The St. Michael’s Veteran Services also offers a women veterans support group for those who are active duty or veterans.

“We wanted to give them a space, to build a support network, build bridges of authenticity instead of loss, shame and guilt, a space to talk about their individual challenges in a safe, non-judgmental, non-minimizing environment,” Villalon said.

Group sessions are available virtually twice per week on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. This service is free for active duty or veterans.

Click here to find out how to connect with a women veteran support group. If you need more assistance, call Catholic Charities of Central Texas at (979) 822-9340 or call Villalon directly at (512) 651-6154.

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