20-acre camp to provide ‘one-stop shop’ for East Texas Veterans

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Renovations have started on the nine existing buildings that sit on 20 acres in East Texas, the future site of CampV for Veterans.

CampV, the Community Assisting Military Personnel and Veteran Resources Center, will offer housing, therapy and more to improve outcomes for Veterans, families, and caregivers in Tyler, Texas, beginning on November 11th, 2019.

The East Texas Veterans Community Council has developed and will operate CampV for Veterans in Tyler, Texas.

The 20-acre camp is operated by the East Texas Veterans Community Council (ETVCC) Community Veterans Engagement Board and has nine existing buildings that are being renovated, along with plans for additional structures.

CampV plans to offer equine and canine therapy, a chapel, gymnasium, women’s retreat, and a host of other resources.

“CampV has really evolved into a whole health approach. It’s addressing the mental issues, also physical fitness,” Community Veteran Engagement Board Chairwoman Susan Campbell said. “We understand the suicide rate is unacceptable, I lost two friends to suicide, my heart is sad because of that, and we want to make a difference.”

The first nine providers to be located on the property are the Andrews Center, Green Zone, Department of Veterans Affairs (Benefits), Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Heroes Animal Assisted Therapies Ranch, Dog University, National Alliance of Mental Illness, and PTSD USA.

The entire project is expected to take four years to complete. Construction of phase one is currently underway:

Phase 1:

  • Temporary Respite/Office

  • Resource center offices

  • Bus stop

  • Offices

  • Equine office and gym

  • Stables

  • Pasture

  • Walking/riding trails

  • Women’s Respite/office

  • Market

According to East Texas Veterans Community Council board member Jim Snow, CampV will eventually serve a Veteran population of more than 65,000 in a 14-county area with projected opening date of November 11, 2019.

Learn more about CampV on Facebook. For more information on Community Veteran Engagement Boards visit: 

Eric Montgomery served 30 years in the United States Army. He has been an employee of the Veterans Affairs for the past 9 years and is with the Veterans Experience Office.

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Published: 2019-06-11 15:15:46