Amistad For Veterans Project (AFVP)

Many veterans encounter significant difficulty adjusting to post-military life due to the extraordinary experiences of military services. 


The goal of the veterans counseling program at Amistad is to empower veterans and their families to successfully transition into and re-establish identity within the society they have fought to preserve.


  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Transportation
  • Employment Training
  • Providing Education in the following:
    • Post Traumatic Stress
    • Anxiety 
    • Depression
    • Anger
    • Relational Conflict
    • Alcohol & Substance Use
    • Traumatic Brain Injury

Referral Services

In addition to addressing the mental health needs of our veterans, the Amistad for Veterans Project also connects veterans with resources including:

  • Employment Training
  • Rent and utilities assistance
  • Sun Metro Bus Pass
  • Housing
  • Medication Management Referrals

This program is supported by counseling grants from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.

Counseling- Principal Participants

  • Kenneth Ward, Veterans Counselor, earned a Bachelor's of Science in Religion in 2010 and continued his graduate studies in 2012 earning a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling in 2013. He previously worked in an inpatient psychiatric hospital environment conducting psychiatric evaluations and assessments as well as partial hospitalization program outpatient treatment as a program therapist. He has worked with multiple populations including veterans, adults, and children providing individual, group, marriage, and family therapy.
  • Scott Whittle, Peer to Peer Counselor/Navigator; Will follow eligibility guidelines, responsible for day-to-day support and collaboration with Veterans/dependents. Each client will be provided the comprehensive services available within their perspective county. Will ensure all case files are well documented and uses safeguards to protect client’s confidentiality.  
  • Xavier Bañales, Chief Executive Officer - Is responsible for all projects and programs being delivered and executed by Project Amistad. Has a work force of about 180 employees. Works very closely with the Board of Directors regarding policies and financial standings. Is familiar with the AFVP, but will have limited interaction due to his overall role at the agency.
  • Andrea Ramirez, Chief Operating Officer, Social Service Programs, COO, LPC, LCDC; Has experience working with Veterans and their beneficiaries in an individual and group setting.  She has also provided intensive treatment at mental health hospitals. Will provide oversight of all individual and family counseling.
  • Patricia Chacon, Program Manager/Coordinator; Responsible for the daily supervision of the AFVP.  She will ensure all coordination of the project is facilitated appropriately and that all deliverable s/objectives are met. She will work very closely with the Chief Finance Officer to ensure all billing and reports are accurate and delivered timely.
  • Zaide Echegoyen, Administrative Service Manager; Assists with the assessments and screenings and follows-up with the Veteran and beneficiary to ensure the services were provided and that the clients turn in all receipts for reimbursement purposes.

Other Assistance

Veterans many receive help accessing food pantries and building their own identity through replacement of lost identification cards, drivers licenses or birth certificates.

For more information, call (915) 298-7307 or go to

Transportation options for veterans. Go to