Philip Sparn | ClarksvilleNow.com
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Members from S.A.F.E. and the USO spoke to the Clarksville Rotary Club at their weekly meeting about the crucial services they provide to military members and their families Wednesday afternoon at the Clarksville Country Club.
Don McCasland, retired Sergeant First Class and program director of S.A.F.E, spoke about the critical need for organizations like S.A.F.E. and the USO in the military community.
Soldiers and Families Embraced (S.A.F.E) is a non-profit organization aimed to help soldiers, veterans and their family members in the Clarksville-Montgomery County and Christian County area.
“We offer free and totally confidential counseling and outreach services for veterans, active duty soldiers and their families,” said McCasland. “We try to help military families get through the many challenges they may be dealing with.”
The S.A.F.E. center at on 510 College St. offers unique programs and a wide variety of support groups to help soldiers and their families
“We offer support groups for soldiers struggling with PTSD and traumatic brain injury, combat veterans, families, couples and many others,” said McCasland.
McCasland pointed out that S.A.F.E. is a small agency based in the Clarksville area that relies only on private donations and grants.
“We are community driven and we all have a passion to help soldiers and their families here in the Clarksville-Montgomery County and Christian County area,” said McCasland.
Kari Burgess, director of the USO at Ft. Campbell and Nashville, spoke about the need to lift the spirits of American troops and their families.
“Whether troops are deployed or stationed here at Ft. Campbell, our military members and their families face a lot of different challenges and we strive to lift their spirits,” said. “This means something different as troops move, conflicts come up and as conflicts go away, but, the USO is always dedicated to the welfare and happiness of the troops and their loved ones.”
The United Services Organization (USO) is a non-profit organization that offers programs and services to troops all over the world, including centers at Ft. Campbell and Nashville, to help provide comfort, relaxation, entertainment and a connection to loved ones back home.
Burgess said the USO center at Fort Campbell attempts to provide a “home away from home” for the troops and their families.
The USO center at Ft. Campbell offers resources for soldiers to stay connected with their families back home and for the families to stay in touch with their troops while they are deployed.
The center also offers a comfortable environment with entertainment, snacks and other resources for the military community and their families.
“We offer free Wi-Fi, computer services, games and movies,” said Burgess. “We also have a snack bar and conference room for military members and their families to use.”
The USO center at Fort Campbell relies on the help of hundreds of volunteers and has helped over 130,000 soldiers and family members since it opened in November of 2011.
For more information about the USO center at Ft. Campbell call (931) 542-3078 or visit the USO Ft. Campbell Facebook page here.
For more information about S.A.F.E. visit their website here. To contact S.A.F.E. email them at Info@SafeTN.org or call their office at (931) 591-3241.