Greer said before she signed on in December, PVC was not even aware of the local support groups in Mineral Wells. Greer implied if PVC didn’t realize this, there may be countless veterans unaware of this particular service.
Currently, Mineral Wells is home to two support groups, but Greer desires to see these groups grow throughout the entire area.
“I am wanting to get something going [in] the
[Possum Kingdom] area, [and] if needed, the Palo Pinto area,” Greer said. “I have already got a support group going in Lipan. My responsibility is all of Parker, Palo Pinto, Somervell, Hood, Erath and Johnson counties.”
Two of the conditions Greer mentioned that participants in the peer groups deal with were Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is an emotional issue, and Traumatic Brain Injury, which is a physical issue.
“Traumatic Brain Injury is the equivalent to Shaken Baby Syndrome in an adult,” Greer said. “A lot of the symptoms of TBI and PTSD mimic each other.
“So, now they have discovered a lot of these veterans don’t have PTSD, they have TBI. And the treatments are different because one is physical and one is emotional. There are some veterans who have both.”
Although there are treatments for both of these conditions, there are no actual cures Greer said.
“There are ways you can learn to cope,” Greer said. “For many years [veterans] coped through alcohol. They continue to cope through drugs and alcohol, and it just intensifies the mental health issue.
“My program is [here to] say, ‘Hey, you don’t need to go to the bottle, because we have this wonderful program.’ You’re not going to be talking to some doctor that’s clueless, you’re going to be talking to one of your peers. They’ve been there. They’ve experienced the same thing you have.