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Posted on: April 21, 2023

Veterans Services Offers Diverse Programs to Veterans

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Nevada County's Veterans Services Office (VSO) is partnering with non-profits Guitars 4 Vets and Team River Runner to provide expanded services to Nevada County Veterans. In addition to the core services provided by Nevada County VSO, these additional services can help veterans by creating opportunities for building community, reengage with self and nature, and to improve overall mental and physical health. 

 “We collaborate with outside agencies to ensure that veterans have every resource to overcome any obstacle in their way”, says David West Veterans Services Officer. “It was for this purpose that the NCVSO formed a partnership with two outstanding agencies that can help veterans overcome their symptoms through their participation in two unique programs.”

 The Guitars 4 Vets program includes 12 free private lessons and a new free acoustic guitar at the end of the 12-class program. Team River Runner offers instructional clinics to veterans learning to kayak, paddleboard or canoe, and will be leading veterans down the American River at launch points from the Coloma State Park, Chili Bar, and the Gorge all summer long.  

 “Often times veterans have trouble re-learning how to “fit” in civilian life can lead our veterans down a dark path that could endanger their mental health. Roughly one in five veterans experience mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, and anxiety”. Says West

 The NCVSO also partners with Welcome Home Vets to provide referrals to local therapists who have experience working with veterans. Welcome Home Vets provides free and confidential mental health services to veterans and their dependents. If you would like to participate in our Guitars 4 Vets program, learn how-to white-water kayak with Team River Runner, or would like to learn more about the counseling services available, please contact us at (530) 273-3396 or email

 The Nevada County Veteran's Services Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Connect with Nevada County's Veterans Service Officer, David West, at 530-265-1446 or

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