Mobile center helps veterans transition to civilian life
Throughout this week veterans are encouraged to visit the Mobile Veteran Center where counseling services will be offered.
The Mobile Vet Center will travel across the Valley making stops in Port Isabel, Brownsville, Raymondville, McAllen and Rio Grande City.
Miguel Flores stopped by the Mobile Vet Center on Monday in Port Isabel.
The 66-year-old Vietnam veteran says these types of services were seriously needed when he left the army.
Flores says he has not been able to forget all the experiences he went through in Vietnam.
Many of those experiences caused him lifelong injuries.
I am still paying the consequences of war, you know because when you are in a place like that it just won't automatically go away, Flores said. It won't, it will be there forever until the day you die."
It has been over 40 years since Flores returned from Vietnam.
He voluntarily joined the army in 1966.
He was sent to Vietnam on 1968 were he spent 10 months.
He can still vividly remember the reason behind his honorable discharge.
"Ran into an ambush, got hit and several of us. Flores said. My comrade got killed and my sergeant got killed also and I say he was 20 meters in front of me. He got killed; he got shot in the chest."
While Flores survived many of his friends and fellow soldiers did not make it back home. I lost a part of me because every guy that was there were like 1 because we took care of each other," Flores said.
Back in the United States, Flores says Vietnam vets were constantly being called "baby killers" and "murderers".
Sadly, Flores says there was no help to get them through not only what they experienced in the war but what they were living day to day.
"We suffered a lot because we didn't have any help at all, Flores said. Helping hand that TMs what we needed back then and like we have now a days."
Assistance like the Mobile Vet Center that is driving all across the Valley throughout this week.
Counselor will be offering guidance to those veterans in need of help in the transition from the battle field to civilian life.
"I appreciate the information he gave me because I know now you know more than I did a few minutes ago, Flores said. Yea it does help."
The Mobile Vet Center will stop in the following locations:
June 9, 2014. From 09:00am to 5:00pm Port Isabel, TX (Cameron County)Location : (Walmart)1401 Texas 100, Port Isabel, TX 78578(956) 943-1387 ()Point of Contact: Irene Camacho, Commander of VFW Post 8791.(956)299-1937
June 10, 2014 From 09:00am to 07:00pm Brownsville, TX (Cameron County)Location: (Walmart)3500 W Alton Gloor Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78521(956) 350-2022Point of Contact: Salvador J. Castillo County Veterans Service Officer (956)544-0811
June 11, 2014 From 09:00am to 05:00pm Raymondville, TX (Willacy County)Location: 170 N 3rd St Raymondville, TX 78580Point of Contact: Alex Figueroa County Veterans Service Officer 956-689-3321
June 12, 2014 From 09:00am to 07:00pm McAllen, TX (Hidalgo County)Location: (Walmart)1200 E Jackson Ave, McAllen, TX 78503(956) 686-4311Point of Contact: Homer Gallegos Commander of VFW Post 8788 (956)631-0333
June 13, 2014 From 09:00am to 05:00pmRio Grande City, Tx (Starr County)Location: 5123 Veterans Drive, Rio Grande City, Tx 78582(956)735-1678Point of Contact: Noe Olivarez Commander VFW Post 8526 (956)735-1678