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Local VA centers treating more patients

Reported by: Mark Spain
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Updated: 5/23/2013 5:39 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It is estimated post-traumatic stress disorder impacts one in five U.S. service members.
That is 20 percent of the men and women who have agreed to put their lives on the line to serve our nation on the battlefront. 

But the Veterans Administration admits Jacksonville's veteran population has been under served for years.

Veteran Jim Berg tells Action News, "The reception that i got then that was the end of my time with the VA.  I didn't want anything else to do with them and I felt they didn't want anything else to do with me and I just tried to live my life as best I could."

Berg is a former Marine who first south help for PTSD 40 years ago.  The 63-year-old says it did not help.  He says his depression was so bad, he considered suicide as an option.

Now, Berg says he is managing his PTSD with a combination of counseling and medicine.
He thanks the Vet Center in downtown Jacksonville for the support he is receiving.

The facility on State Street worked with more than 3,000 veterans last year.   They expect an increase of 33 percent this year.

The Vet Center is located at 300 East State Street in Downtown Jacksonville.  Phone: 904-232-3621 Or 877-927-8387.

They do have outreach centers around the community:

St. Marys, Georgia: 4999 Hwy 40 East, Suite A, St. Marys, GA, 31558

St. Augustine: 1955 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL, 32086

Orange Park: 470 Madeira Drive, Orange Park, FL, 32073 (opens in July)
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