Alexis Deck, a Family Readiness Group leader and 82nd Airborne Division spouse, donates her time to a cause she considers her calling — the support of military communities, including veterans and military Families.
Deck gives back to the Fort Bragg community by volunteering her time with the Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley.
The Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley, known, in part, for its unique way of networking with other Cohen Veteran Clinics across the country, gained a new asset of its own through the networking of those in its employ.
When Deck attended the Association of Bragg Spouses Super Sign Up in September, she took full advantage of the connections she made and the opportunities she encountered.
During the event, Deck connected with two Fort Bragg spouses, Amy Williams, communications specialist, the Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley and Reka Reyna, outreach director, the Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley.
Striking up a conversation with Reyna and Williams revealed that all three women share a similar passion for helping the military community.
Deck is working towards her Master’s degree with a focus on Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, so spending time at the clinic seemed like a natural progression.
As a volunteer and member of the Outreach Services at the clinic, Deck comes in to work almost everyday and sometimes works connecting the dots for caseworkers to services from home.
Deck has also recently attended events created for veterans with the goal of getting the word out about the low-to-no cost services offered by Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley.
Deck has assisted with helping case workers develop lists of services that may help better the lives of their clients and getting the word out about the services the Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley has to offer.
She says the thing that drew her to the clinic was its definition of military Family members.
“Cohen defines Family on a huge term ... anyone who is involved with the service member,” explained Deck.
As a self-proclaimed military brat she says the military community has always been a primary concern of hers.
“I think its beneficial to have a wholistic viewpoint of the environment for the military. I know nothing but the military lifestyle. I was born and raised military, so volunteering on this end is allowing me to see how to connect our clients to those resources, what happens on this spectrum not just the client and counselor rapport,” said Deck.
Deck explained that this community of caretakers has been inspiring.
“Everyone I have met here and everyone that they (the clinic) are associated with ... they are doing it all from their heart.”