Veteran’s Mental Health Support Is Critical

Nov. 8, 2023
Cañon City, CO – As we celebrate and honor those who have served in the United States military this Veterans Day, it is a perfect time to focus on how we support our veterans at the community level. Solvista Health is committed to helping our local veterans and now has a full-time Veteran Service Liaison whose role is solely dedicated to reaching Veterans and their family members in Custer, Chaffee, Fremont, and Lake Counties.

Micheal Goodfallow, Solvista’s new Veteran Services Liaison, is an Army Veteran with 23 years of active-duty service and three combat deployments. Micheal is leading the organization’s efforts to coordinate with Veteran service groups in our region and the Veterans Administration to create a synchronized effort of quality mental health and substance use care for Veterans.

“Unfortunately, stigma is often a barrier to seeking help. This means the person is left to take on those challenges without the team they were so accustomed to having by their side in the military,” said Goodfallow. “Far too many Veterans today suffer from mental fatigue, substance use, or thoughts of suicide.”

Solvista’s Veteran Services Liaison program assists Veterans by identifying any barriers they may face to receiving the best possible healthcare. Goodfallow and the multidisciplinary team at Solvista work with Veterans and their family members to help create solutions.

“It is critical that we bridge the gap between Veterans, their family members, and the services available to them,” said Goodfallow. “Our communities can and will do better for these heroes.”


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