Brent Taylor

Brent Taylor, a major in the Utah Army National Guard, died in Afghanistan on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. He was on leave for a year-long deployment as mayor of North Ogden. A Veterans Affairs Vet Center in North Ogden will be renamed after Taylor later this month.

NORTH OGDEN — Northern Utah’s only vet center will officially be named after former North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor.

On Monday, the satellite Veteran’s Affairs center, which offers a variety of counseling options for combat veterans, will be renamed the “Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation.”

Taylor, who also served as a major in the Utah National guard, was killed in November 2018 in an apparent insider attack while he was deployed in Afghanistan. Taylor was the elected mayor of North Ogden when he died.

The George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center oversees the Northern Utah vet center, which opened in 2018.

The satellite VA facility offers readjustment counseling for combat veterans, military sexual trauma counseling and grief counseling for families of soldiers killed in combat. Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol assessment, and suicide prevention are also provided.

The center is located at 2357 N. Washington Blvd., in an existing building. The effort to bring the facility to the Weber County area was spearheaded by longtime Ogden resident, Vietnam veteran and former head of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs, Terry Schow.

There are more than 300 vet centers around the country, a list that now includes four in Utah. Prior to the northern center opening, Utah vet centers were located in Salt Lake City, Provo and St. George. The George E. Wahlen Nursing Home in Farr West offers some readjustment counseling for area veterans, but the services aren’t available full-time, so proponents said the center was desperately needed.

The centers are managed by the VA, but are community-based and staffed with former combat veterans who are also licensed social workers. All services provided are free and records kept are confidential, not shared with other branches of the VA.

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, introduced a bill to rename the center after Taylor. In March, the bill was signed into law by the president.

A rededication ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, at the center.

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