Everyone finds themselves in difficult life situations at times that are overwhelming. For veterans and their families, those difficulties can be quite unique and rooted in experiences much different than what non-military families face. The stressors of military life and deployments, and the transition back to civilian life create unimaginable issues for veteran families. The effects of traumas faced during service do not suddenly go away once military service has ended. This results in an average of 17 veteran suicides per day in the U. S., and a divorce rate of 80 percent for combat veterans (versus 40 to 50 percent of the general population), according to the Veterans Affairs Administration and Department of Defense. That’s when HOT Region MHMR helps. Licensed therapists serve veterans, their spouses, dependents and surviving spouses in six Central Texas counties including McLennan, Hill, Bosque, Falls, Limestone and Freestone. Clinicians are trauma-informed and trained in military cultural competence. Specialized service focus areas include but are not limited to: suicide prevention, co-occurring substance use, mental health disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder as well as moral injury, military sexual trauma, anger management, family and interpersonal relationship issues, and coping with traumatic brain injuries and other physical injuries and ailments. Clinical counseling offers individual, group, couples and family therapy, and workshops. Alternative treatments like art and horticulture therapy and moral injury interventions are also offered. Call 254/297-7171, for details or an appointment. This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families. For more information, visit www.TVC.Texas.gov.