Have you ever been so close to others that you would do anything for them? I mean really anything – like follow their guidance no matter what, walk with them into danger, risk injury or death to achieve something. You may have thought of your family. Whomever you thought of, consider yourself fortunate because this is the same commitment and loyalty the men and women of our military demonstrate in their service. For the family members of active duty, reserve, and prior military service members, theirs is the same dedication – sending their loved one off to danger and potential injury, knowing they’ll miss the big things like births and first days of school, and the little things like dinner around the table and watching TV together. Reunions with their service member are joyful – yet also filled with other challenges such as fitting back in, re-establishing the routine, and re-connecting. Service members come back knowing there are some things their closest family members will never understand.
This may seem like an uphill challenge, but you are not alone. The Easter Seals Veterans Program is here to help. Easter Seals mission is to offer life-changing solutions to people with disabilities and their families and to Veterans with or without disabilities so they can live, learn, work, and play in their community. What does this mean to you? Together, Easter Seals Greater Houston and Easter Seals Dixon Center are making this a reality for Veterans transitioning back into civilian life. The Easter Seals Veterans Program aims to help active duty, reservists, Veterans and their family members connect to the resources they need. If you are interested in starting a group to share information or for support, I can also help you.
My name is Cristy Gamez-Galka and I am the coordinator of the Easter Seals Veterans Program. I am a licensed psychologist, I am eager to share and learn about resources, and start new groups throughout the area. You can reach me to discuss your needs at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 713-838-9050 ext. 371.
Cristy Gamez-Galka, Easter Seals Greater Houston, Program Coordinator