Support Groups for New River Valley Veterans and Families
Local veterans and family members of veterans from any era are invited to participate in a free education and support group hosted by New River Valley Community Services, in conjunction with the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. Any veteran interested in more information about our local group can email Leanna Craig, Region III Coordinator or call 540-961-8300 x1062 or 540-357-1113.
Hospice services support each individual as they live their final days and support families through the bereavement period.
For more information about local resources, visit the Carilion website or Compassionate Friends.
Private Pay Counseling
Private Pay is always an option. Go to the mental health local directory and choose the counselor you would like to see and work out a payment plan. Most counselors are open to working with you when you seek help; you just need to ask.
Benefit Information for Military Employees
Family and Medical Leave Act
In October 2009, Congress expanded the military family leave provision of the FMLA to a more broadly defined category of military family members - families of both wounded veterans and active service members can access 26 weeks of unpaid leave to care for their wounded family member.
Members of the armed services can be deployed on short notice, leaving little time to address their personal or business affairs. Insurance coverage, in particular, is often affected when someone moves out of state or spends an extended period of time away from home. Before you purchase any insurance policy, it is a good idea to ask the agent or broker specific questions about how the company will handle issues related to the deployment of their policyholders who are in the military.