Eligible veterans and active-duty service members will be able to receive counseling services at Lewisville’s Thrive recreation center.

What’s happening?

Lewisville City Council approved a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to assist local veterans.

The USDVA will offer readjustment counseling services at Thrive for free once a month.

The details

Readjustment counseling aims to help veterans, service members and their families successfully transition from military to civilian life, according to the July 3 agenda item.

It includes a wide range of psychosocial services including but not limited to individual, group and family counseling; bereavement counseling for families who experience an active-duty death; military sexual trauma counseling and referral; substance use disorder assessment and referral; and employment assessment and referral.

Eligible veterans and active-duty service members include those who fought in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Wars, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and subsequent operations within the global war on terrorism, according to the agenda item.

The backstory

The city previously hosted readjustment counseling services through the USDVA at the Senior Activity Center prior to its closure in 2018.

Services were then moved to the temporary recreation center at The Vista, formerly known as Music City Mall, until services were discontinued in March 2020 due to COVID-19.

Also of note

Lewisville has an active veteran population of over 5,000 individuals, according to 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data.