Groundbreaking held for new addition at VA Medical Center

OWE OUR VETERANS. THIS IS WHAT THE NEW URGENT
CARE/MENTAL HEALTH CARE ADDITION
WILL LOOK LIKE WHEN COMPLETED. 16,000 SQUARE FEET THAT WILL,
AMONG OTHER THINGS, ALLOW FOR
EXPANDED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE. >> BOTH FOR INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP
THERAPY TO BETTER PARTNER WITH
THE COMMUNITY PROVIDE THE
SERVICES THAT WE KNOW OUR
VETERANS NEED. REPORTER: AND IT HELPS THAT
URGENT CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH
ARE LOCATED NEXT TO EACH OTHER. >> THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
MAKES OUR URGENT CARE SO UNIQUE
HERE IN MANCHESTER. MOST URGENT CARES DO NOT PROVIDE
URGENT CARE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
CRISES WE DO. REPORTER: AMONG THOSE AT THE
GROUNDBREAKING, SENATOR JEANNE
SHAHEE
SHE SAYS THERE’S A GROWING
AWARENESS OF THE ROLE MENTAL
HEALTH CARE PLAYS WHEN IT COMES TO THE WELL-BEING OF OUR NATIONS
VETERANS. >> THE RESEARCH IS BEGINNING TO
SHOW THAT THERE ARE LONG TERM
IMPACTS, PTSD AND TRAUMATIC
BRAIN INJURY AND WE NEED TO MAKE
SURE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND
THAT. REPORTER: CURRENTLY THERE ARE
SOME 27,000 NEW HAMPSHIRE
VETERANS WHO ACCESS CARE AT THE
MANCHESTER VA. A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO THE
MANCHESTER VA WAS PLAGUED BY
REPORTS OF SUBSTANDARD CARE AND
FAILED EQUIPMENT. NOW A RECENT EMPLOYEE SURVEY
RANKED MANCHESTER THE 16TH BEST
PLACE TO WORK OUT OF 170 VA
CENTER
>> EVERYONE CAME TOGETHER AS A
TEAM TO SAY HOW CAN WE MAKE THIS BETTER, SO THAT’S REALLY A TRUE
TESTAMENT TO THE STAFF AND THE
VETERANS AND REALLY THE
COMMUNITY AT LARGE. REPORTER: THE DIRECTOR OF THE VA
HERE IN MANCHESTER IS LEAVING
FOR A NEW POST, BUT HE SAYS HE’S
PROUD OF THE STRIDES THEY’VE
MADE. AND HE SAYS THIS NEW BUILDING
EPITOMIZES THE IMPROVEMENT IN
CARE FOR VET

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