Local organization offers resources for veterans who need them most

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A local organization that helps veterans returning from war says veterans need more places like them. Heroes Night Out in Cedar Park helps thousands of veterans once they return from overseas.

Even as the investigation moves away from focusing on the suspect’s mental health following the shooting at Fort Hood, some say members of the military don’t always get the help they need.

“We don’t talk war stories here and we don’t rehash things. It’s just that brotherhood that clicks,” said Paul Pro, a former Marine who fought in the Vietnam War and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. “And from there they have the support and they can go do whatever it is they want do.”

Pro is also chairman of the board for Heroes Night Out. It’s a position he took to help other veterans get the support they need.

“They come in and we provide safety and security,” he said. “We gain their trust and then we help them navigate whatever they need help with.”

While talking about his experiences overseas, Pro admits it can be hard to move on with your life once you return.

One of the resources Heroes Night Out offers is an on-site psychologist.

“To be able to cope with those injuries while trying to function an establishing new career can be extremely over challenging and overwhelming,” said Dr. Shirian Bazaz who works with dozens of war veteran’s who have both physical and emotional injuries.

In the meantime this local support group will continue to keep its doors open for anyone who needs them. The program has been open for about three years and have events weekly for veterans.

Click here for a list of gatherings and other events Heroes Night Out is holding.

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