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March 25, 2014

New center offers free counseling to military families

Open House today, Tuesday, March 25



“Our military people see a lot of things and they are drilled not to talk about them,” Seals said. “It’s difficult for them to talk about what they’ve seen. On the other hand, it’s difficult for the family members of veterans to deal with everything they go through. The one left behind, usually the wife, has to take care of the kids and the daily responsibilities while the man is away. Even if the family can go where the person is stationed, someone has to take care of the everyday things while the other person is doing their job for their country.”

Sometimes talking with someone can ease the stress or the memories that may weigh heavily on the minds of those who served.

“Is this needed? Yes, it’s needed,” Seals said. “Our veterans and their families deal with a lot. Our motto is “'Getting our heroes back on track,' and that’s what we want to offer.”

Joining Seals in this venture is Joe Rednour, a combat veteran who can related first-hand with those military personnel who sometimes bury the horror of war and combat. Rednour will serve as a counselor at the GPS center. With Seals as president, Keith Lakes will serve as vice president. Summer Lewis, who also works as a counselor in the Laurel County School System, will serve as secretary, and Sheena Robinson, who is pursuing her degree in counseling while she also works with the UNITE program, will serve as treasurer.

Like other non-profit organizations, Seals is also seeking funding for the venture that he feels is a dire need in this area.

“I’m not a veteran,” he said. “But the last few years, especially, whenever I hear fireworks or The Star Spangled Banner, it brings me to tears. When I think about how much our veterans have given up — and how their families have struggled — it inspires me to do something to help them.”

For more information about GPS and how you can help, contact Seals at (606) 215-1417.

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