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


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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 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: https://www.va.gov/ve/engagement/index.asp.

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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Comments

  1. rich bures    

    why should I post something bout helping vets when your not going to respond – I tool 2 years looking into vets commenting suicide – I will mail you this info – you need to read this – several doctors have read this and I once had a mayor of a small town in western Nebraska who wanted to put this in his town but he didn’t get reelected – rich

    1. Linda Streeter    

      Dear Rich, East Texas Veteran’s Community Council would love to see your research on Veterans Committing Suicide. The Mayor of Tyler Texas is on our Advisory Board. Send research to info@campVtyler.com. or if mailing send to PO Box 392
      Flint, TX 75762. Thank you.

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