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December 4, 2009

West Virginia Launches Statewide PTSD Program

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — veteranclaims @ 12:21 am

Full Article at: New Program Launched to Help Veterans With Injuries, Illnesses

Updated Thursday, December 3, 2009; 08:03 AM
Story by Sarah Lieu

CHARLESTON — A new program is being launched in West Virginia to help veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injuries or post traumatic stress disorder.

It’s being coordinated by the West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs and is the first of its kind in the nation to operate on a statewide level.

“Post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries are kind of the illnesses of this war,” said Mike Lyons with the West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs, referring to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There is a growing tide of combat veterans coming home with these unseen scars. That’s why the agency is hiring four social workers to find those veterans particularly in rural West Virginia.

State lawmakers approved the money in the last legislative session after hearing about the growing need for help.

The social workers in the program will be placed in each area of the state — Martinsburg, Beckley, Clarksburg and the Charleston and Huntington area.

It’s expected to start in January.

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