Resources available for veterans amid pandemic

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – As a former Marine himself, Joseph Gonzales, has made it his life’s work to help other veterans who may be struggling after serving.

“Just because we are in a tough time doesn’t mean that things don’t need to get taken care of. With respect to our veterans in the Midland and Ector County area we want to ensure that they are still being taken care of and that they are still being put as a priority,” said the Veteran Service Coordinator.

Gonzales, who works in the Permiacare building said even though we are in a pandemic there are still resources that veterans can seek out to get help; like his organization, Military Veteran Peer Network, who is working with technology to help veterans.

“That includes peer support groups that meet twice a month through our Zoom meetings. Once you get these guys and girls on board it’s like we never left each other. The face-to-face aspect is always better because it brings out more of a personal, intimate, relationship but we pretty much know each other so it’s just having a conversation on digital media. It’s a little different but we are making it work,” he said.

They also offer in-person counseling for veterans who need it. They will be screened at the door for COVID-19 and must wear a mask during their session.

For more information on the Military Veteran Peer Network, follow this link.

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