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Cherokee Phoenix -- 02/15/2012
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Cherokee combat veterans who may need counseling services may benefit from an outreach program called Oklahoma Cherokee Veterans Outreach, a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative.
Jack Musgrove, an outreach specialist working for Caduceus Healthcare-Tulsa Vet Center, is seeking Cherokee veterans in rural communities who were in combat. He refers them to Tulsa Vet Center readjustment counselor Matthew Tiger if they wish to talk to a counselor about issues they are having as a result of being in combat.
Tiger is based at the Tulsa Vet Center, but travels to Tahlequah on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and works from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Affairs Office to provide counseling for veterans. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tiger holds a combat veterans support group meeting in the former motel behind the Restaurant of the Cherokees.
Every other Tuesday Tiger is at the Commerce Disabled American Veterans building in Mayes County from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. He will be there again on Feb. 21 and is gathering veterans in the area for a support group.
Musgrove is a veteran who served with the 45th Infantry in Iraq in 2007 and 2008 and currently holds the rank of command sergeant in the Oklahoma National Guard.
The outreach program is part of a new public law that requires the VA to conduct a three-year pilot program to seek out Cherokee veterans who may need counseling.
"We're trying to reach them by going to community events, powwows...just getting the word out that these services are here," Musgrove said.
Tiger said he is able offer individual, group, family, marital and bereavement counseling to veterans.
"I perform counseling for combat veterans who need help with dealing with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or other mental health issues related to combat service," Tiger said.
He said he is also available to families who live with a combat veteran and may be seeking counseling.
Tiger said some veterans want counseling in a group because they want to meet other veterans especially if they have been isolating themselves.
Musgrove said included in his duties is to get Cherokee veterans who recently saw combat in Iraq or Afghanistan to seek
counseling if they need it instead of waiting decades like some Vietnam veterans have.
"We just need to get them here to Matthew to get the services they need or if they need to be referred to anywhere else,"
Tiger said Cherokee combat veterans can call Musgrove at 918-575-8747 or email . They can call Tiger at 918-456-0671 or 1-800-256-0671, ext. 5693 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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