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{span}East Texas Veterans Community Council President Susan Campbell and Vice President Jim Snow cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open CAMPV in Tyler. (Ben Fenton/Tyler Morning Telegraph){/span}

Veterans from around East Texas gathered Saturday for the opening of CAMPV, an acronym for “Community Assisting Military Personnel and Veterans.” Its purpose is to integrate military and civilian resources into a centralized location of 20 acres.

“If you’re a veteran, then you understand that this is the veteran place to go,” said Jim Snow, vice president of East Texas Veterans Community Council.

Snow describes the organization as a “one-stop shop” for veterans.

“If I need to ask a question, and I have something I need help with, I can get it in one location,” Snow said. “There’s so much of our military population in the area. They make 10 or 15 phone calls and get bounced around.”

CAMPV, 3212 W. Front St., Tyler, offers a number of veteran services, including a range of therapies and healing, partners that provide housing and skills training, emergency funding for crisis situations, a safe place for women veterans and a referral service.

Eric Montgomery, state of Texas Veterans, Family and Community Engagement director for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, spoke during the opening ceremony. Montgomery describes his job as liaison between the Veterans Affairs office and community organizations across the state.

“There’s no other way the VA itself can cover all our veterans,” Montgomery said. “So reaching out to our community, having that collaborative partnership with them, where the veterans are, is where we want to be.”

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, attended the opening event and praised the organization and its mission.

“It’s a place to go to be with other veterans and to find the resources that you need,” Gohmert said. “It’s fantastic that (veterans) will have representation and information here, and have counselors and people that can get them in the right direction for the help they need.”

For more information or to find out how you can volunteer with CAMPV, visit www.campvtyler.org.

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