Veterans and their immediate family members comprise approximately 16% of the total population of Berea. Listed below are a number of challenges that veterans and their families face in a dis-proportionate way compared to other Americans:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Traumatic Brain Injury
Disability and Health/Illness Issues
Money Management Struggles
Social Anxiety/Mental Health Issues
Family Issues Anger
Criminal Justice Issues
It is often the case that veterans will not seek the help they need. Mayor Cyril Kleem established this office to assist veterans and their families in a supportive and community-oriented environment.
The Veterans Outreach Office serves veterans and their families in a supportive and community-oriented environment through:
Connecting Veterans to assistance programs through a variety of national, state and local organizations.
Veterans-to-Veterans Volunteer Team.
The Veterans Office offers the following community support:
Ongoing veterans support groups in nursing homes.
Coffee Chat with Chaplain Willie meets monthly on Saturdays at the Berea Recreation Center, 451 Front St.
Can We Talk community support group open to veterans and non-veterans held every Tuesday at the the Berea Recreation Center, 451 Front St.
Hospice Veterans Partnership through We Honor Veterans. This is a community collaboration with the VA to serve veterans and their families facing end of life issues.
The Veterans Outreach Office hosts the following events:
Education series in which guest speakers will present on various topics.