I must be dreaming....someone(s) actually may pull this off. Too bad someone didn't insert some considerations for veterans in that 850 billion dollar, and rising, bailout. The vets have learned to make do with very little so I am sure they, not the VA, could have put it to good use.
Soldiering on with post traumatic stress disorder
Updated: 10/08/2008 06:10 AM
By: Ryan Burgess
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Gene Vereen is a Korean War veteran who's been battling drug and alcohol addiction since he left the service.
"I was in that kind of mindset where I didn't care. You know? I just didn't care," said Vereen.
Like many veterans, Vereen suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. Today, he's completely clean and sober, thanks to the treatment he received at Soldier On, a homeless veteran shelter in Pittsfield. That's where a committee that studies what it calls the hidden wounds of war on Massachusetts service members met Tuesday.
Later this month, Soldier On hopes to break ground on a 39 unit co-op housing facility, where veterans would actually own their own unit. It's part of a commitment to rehabilitating soldiers long after they've come home from battle.
"If we can build affordable housing with services built in, these folks will stay housed, they'll stay safe and they'll stay as really creative people in the community," said Soldier On President and CEO Jack Downing.
Services like those that have helped to rebuild the lives of a lot of veterans with PTSD, especially Gene Vereen.
"I'm so grateful that I made it. And here I am. It's beautiful," said Vereen.
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