Services for veterans struggling with mental health during Memorial Day

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Published: May. 26, 2023 at 6:11 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - It’s that time of year that is bittersweet to some.

Memorial Day is acknowledged every year on the last Monday of May to honor and mourn military personnel who lost their lives while serving their country.

While some enjoy this holiday to spend time with their family and relax, for many veterans struggling with mental health this day is another reminder of the friends and fellow servicemen they lost.

Here in the Midlands, there are many programs veterans struggling with mental health can take advantage of.

Many of these programs are offered through the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs (SCDVA)

Palmetto Pathfinder Program

According to the website, this is a state veteran peer-support program that provides personal support for transitioning veterans by connecting them to relevant resources and services in their community and assisting them in accomplishing their personal and professional goals and thrive after military service.

South Carolina Veteran Coalition

This program is powered by Combined Arms and is comprised of SCDVA leaders, Veteran Service Organizations, and County Veterans Affairs Officers to help improve care, connect Veterans, Veteran Spouses, and their family members to resources in the state of South Carolina.

In tough times, veterans who need immediate assistance can call 988 and press 1.

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