A veterans outreach center has been established at the Lake Wales American Legion Post 71 to service all veterans of East Polk County. The Veterans Administration funds the money for the outreach in Lake Wales to serve the veterans in this area.
“I have been working on this for two years,” said Cmdr. Andy Anderson of the Legion Post. “We have had some successful events and the recent Town Hall meeting was a rousing success with standing room only. We had 33 veterans join the organization and serviced more than 23 claims.”
East Polk County Veterans Outreach will serve Haines City, Lake Wales, Frostproof and Fort Meade, Avon Park, Babson Park and any veteran arriving to the facility from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month beginning Sept. 2. The post is at 43 W. Park Ave., in Lake Wales.
The staff from the veterans adminstration will be serving veterans for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in individual and group sessions, anger management and in groups and workshops conducting several types of groups designed to help with readjustment issues. Individual and family counseling will be offered, bereavement counseling, and outreach and education. Center services are provided at no cost to the veteran or the family of the veterans served.
The service is 100 percent confidential, no appointments are necessary and the service will explain to and help veterans fill out all needed paperwork, and help veterans obtain the proper paperwork necessary for processing claims. Any service needed or explained will be available for the veteran.
The only other Veteran Outreach Center now serving Polk County is found in Lakeland.