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Government Shutdown Affecting Veterans

With the government shutdown in its second week, veterans are now worrying about how they are going to pay for services the government usually does.

Midland -- With the government shutdown in its second week, veterans are now worrying about how they are going to pay for services the government usually does.

Big 2’s Vincent Crivelli spent the day at The Samaritan Counseling Center in Midland to see how clinicians feel veterans are coping with the fact a number of their services no longer being funded with the government shutdown.   

“Well if anyone depends on government funding for counseling, you know that could provide a problem,” said Director of Samaritan Counseling Center Patrick Ramsey.

Veterans are beginning to the feel heat during the government shut down now that many of their services are no longer available.

“The clinicians that have seen veterans have noticed a little bit of worry, we don’t know of anything specific, but there is a general sense of worry,” said Patrick Ramsey.

The Samaritan Counseling Center in Midland which provides counseling services to Veterans for free hasn’t been affected by the government shutdown.

“We receive funds from people that care about the military that care about soldiers and veterans and want them to have services,” said Patrick Ramsey.

Ramsey knows that not all veterans across Texas have access to free counseling and urges those veterans to seek out new services if they are being affected by the government shutdown.

“Search for services among non-profits or community resources, which they probably haven’t been used to doing since they have been relying on government funding for their services,” said Patrick Ramsey.

Ramsey urges veterans in the Permian Basin to come to his clinic, whether they need counseling or any other kind of help.

“Come to us if you need some counseling and we will provide it, and maybe even if you need help looking for resources, we can do research,” said Patrick Ramsey.

For those that are interested the Samaritan Counseling center is located at 10008 pilot Avenue in Midland and they can be reached at 432 563 4144 to book an appointment. 

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