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Austin organization paying it forward by providing help, hope for our heroes

Friday, February 19, 2016  
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Austin organization paying it forward by providing help, hope for our heroes

by Hema Mullur | Link to Article & Video


Keegan Davis is a father and an army veteran. "I deployed to Kosovo and Iraq," said Davis.

He completed his service in 2005 and his family is a big focus. That's why he knew he needed a hand readjusting to life as a civilian. "You can't just keep it all bottled up inside because eventually you'll snap and you can't take it," he said.

For Davis and other veterans that's where The Samaritan Center comes in. "The Samaritan Center takes a holistic approach to care, treating mind, body, spirit," said COO Cindy Long.

The Samaritan Center serves anyone in the community but they put a special focus on veterans with their "Hope for Heroes" program.

Jack Swope is one of the counselors and a 37-year army veteran himself. "Right now there's kind of a tsunami of post-war mental problems that are out there," said Swope.

He specializes in a type of treatment called EMDR. "It stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing," he said.

It's an especially effective treatment for PTSD. More than half of The Samaritan Center's counselors are trained in EMDR. "About 40 percent of our clients are veterans, active service members, and military families," said Long.

"The Samaritan Center gave me somebody to talk to," said Davis.

It's a great resource for veterans like him who have given so much for our country. The Samaritan Center provides care to anyone in the Austin community, regardless of their ability to pay. They're able to do that through donations. If you'd like to contribute to help, you can learn more at



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