More Help for Vets with Mental Health Issues

Published 07/28 2014 03:10PM

Updated 07/28 2014 05:44PM

ALTOONA - A new effort is underway to help area veterans with  post traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues.

On Monday, the Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona broke ground for a new behavioral health building near the entrance of its Urgent Care Clinic. When it's completed next year, it'll contain 16 offices and 27 rooms for treatment, conferences, testing and group therapy.

The head of the local  medical center says the project is a step toward a major initiative in the VA making the treatment of mental health  as important and as available  as  the treatment of physical health.

William Mills says the VA Medical Center is also putting more resources into suicide prevention, and other  mental health and substance abuse programs.

The Van Zandt VA Medical Center offers services to more than 87,000 vets throughout our region.

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