BendBroadband created the Scout Spotlight to thank those who help our community to grow and thrive. This month’s Scout Spotlight is The Shield: Providers of specialized mental health services at no cost to Central Oregon veterans and first responders.
Helping those who have sacrificed to serve us all. Learn more or donate at shieldcentraloregon.org. Thank you for making a difference in our Central Oregon community.
Veterans and First Responders are often exposed to stress and traumatic events which can result in acute or chronic stress related reactions. As a result, they have unique mental health needs.
There are a variety of factors that can make accessing mental health resources difficult for local veterans/first responders and the problem has become critical in Central Oregon.
Resource availability in the VA system and gaps in other health insurance coverage is making timely, effective mental health care out of reach for many.
Administrators and politicians have been unable to resolve these problems in recent years. The Shield believes that we owe it to those who have served us to make the help that they need available to them now.
The Shield was founded to overcome the obstacles to specialized care and to make that care accessible immediately.