Fellowship Health Services to Provide Falmouth-Area Vets with Rides to Appointments

FALMOUTH – A multi-state nonprofit will provide Falmouth-area veterans with rides to and from their medical appointments.

According to Fellowship Health Resources Inc. (FHR), 20 percent of American military veterans who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from major depression or PTSD.

But Director of Clubhouse Services Tom Couhig said that many vets on Cape Cod have to travel to Providence to be treated for those problems, which adds up to a roughly 140-mile round trip.

“There are 23,000 vets on Cape Cod and Falmouth has a great number,” he said. “I go in there with my pitch to see what we can do to help, and everybody said ‘I have no transportation.’”

The Veterans Transportation Initiative offered by FHR will offer door-to-door service to regional hospitals and clinics for $38 to $48. Passengers may pay through check, credit card or money order and can be reimbursed through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Transportation Program.

But Couhig said this is not the last stop in his plans to assist struggling veterans on Cape Cod.

A clinic is currently being licensed to open in Hyannis for individual and group therapy sessions. Active and discharged veterans will be serviced there.

He also said he one day hopes to open an FHR Vet Center, similar to an American Legion, where veterans may help each other and gain meaningful employment.

There would also be staff clinicians and health providers.

Couhig said that it is incredibly important for veterans to work with each other.

To schedule a ride with the organization, contact (774) 313-0634.


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