VA facility helping veterans in need of specialized services

Published: Dec. 5, 2011 at 11:01 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2011 at 11:10 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new facility at the VA hospital in Charleston is helping with the growing need in specialized services for returning service members.

As hands come together to help open the new Veteran's Enrichment center at the VA hospital in Charleston. Army veterans like Dennis Brown can begin exploring a new facility focused on lending a hand to those who served.

"War does a lot of things to a person and that's what the V.E.C is here for to help people," Brown said.
The $5.5 million dollar, seven thousand square foot facility is dedicated entirely to mental health recovery of veterans, specializing in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder.

Hugh Myrick is the mental health associate chief of staff at the VA hospital. He says the quicker treatment is received the better off veterans are.
Myrick says veterans in their program are able to access care with in 14 days of coming to the facility.

Retired Air Force Col. Mary Martin says getting veterans through the doors is half the battle. She says it was also a challenge for her to acknowledge her symptoms of PTSD, but she credits coming to the VA hospital for help with her recovery.

Myrick says the mental health staff at the VA hospital has more than doubled. He says his staff is just shy of 200 people and they expect to expand.

The program is open to all veterans.

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