PULLMAN – First Gentleman Mike Gregoire will visit the WSU Pullman campus Friday, Oct. 19 to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Psychology Clinics new “Services for Veterans and Families” program.

The clinic has been contracted by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs to offer services to veterans and their family members at the university and from the community. The clinic will offer individual counseling, group therapy, family and marital counseling and psychological evaluation. Services will also include neuropsychological evaluations related to suspected war trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Mr. Gregoire is an army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, where he served a tour of duty as a platoon leader and convoy commander with the “Delta Express” in the Mekong Delta. His service in the military was the beginning of a lifelong commitment to veterans’ affairs and as spouse to Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, he has made veterans needs a priority. He is particularly concerned about the effects of Agent Orange and veterans’ mental health issues.

Gregoire is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans of America. As Washington’s First Gentleman, or “First Mike” as he prefers to be called, he tours the state meeting with veterans and active military personnel.

The Psychology Clinic is a mental health service, training and research center operated by the Department of Psychology, in the College of Liberal Arts, at WSU. Services are provided by doctoral level student therapists in the clinical psychology doctoral program under the close supervision of faculty members. The clinic is located on the Pullman campus in the northeast corner of Johnson Tower.

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program creates community-based avenues to counseling service that are less formal in nature, offering the highest level of confidentially possible. For additional information on the program contact Thomas Schumacher, program director at (360) 725-2226 or visit http://www.dva.wa.gov/ptsd_counseling.html.