Clara Reynolds, President & CEO
In 2013, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay began to experience a significant increase in the number of crisis calls by veterans. These veterans and their families were looking for help – they needed food, rent assistance, and other basic needs. They also needed behavioral health services – substance abuse, depression, PTSD treatment. However, when these veterans would ask our Intervention Specialist if they themselves were veterans, 9 times out of 10, we had to say no. And usually, the veteran would say thank you and hang up. You see, a veteran in crisis really wants to speak to another veteran, a peer, who understands the veteran experience. From these experiences, the Crisis Center created the Florida Veterans Support Line ( 1-844-MYFLVET) in 2014, a line for veterans and their families answered by veterans.
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