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Mental Health, Life Skills to be Available for Incarcerated Vets in Collin County

Collin County Sheriff's Office

Incarcerated veterans in Collin County will now be able to tap into services aimed at helping them get their lives back on track once they leave jail. The County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday announced the opening of the VALOR program. That stands for Veterans Accessing Lifelong Opportunities for Rehabilitation.

The program, or pod, as the Sheriff’s Office is calling it, will give vets in jail access to counseling and mental health services. That includes everything from PTSD counseling to parenting and anger management skills. The pod will also offer integrative therapies in creative pursuits, such as art, music, theater, and writing.

The Sheriff’s Office says the aim is to be a way for troubled vets to learn life skills that will make them productive members of the community and, therefore, less likely to come back to jail.

The Sheriff’s Office will formally dedicate the opening of the VALOR pod at the Collin County Community Correctional Facility in MicKinney at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.