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Veterans organization invests $160 million in mental health care for veterans

ROANOKE, Va. – A multimillion-dollar investment in veterans’ mental health care will help more veterans in Virginia and across the country get the help they need.

“When you go to war, you’re not the same person when you come home, and nobody recognizes you when you come back,” said Geneo Graves, a 30-year-old Army veteran who lives in Roanoke. . Graves was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury after retiring from military service.

“Everything started falling apart mentally,” Graves said. “PTSD kicked in, which I didn’t know I had.”

Graves said therapy and the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that works to meet the needs of injured veterans and their families, help him cope with PTSD.

“This generation of soldiers, we’re different. We don’t wear our emotions on our sleeve, a lot of us, we don’t want people to know we have issues and we try to hide it so people think that we agree, but we disagree,” Graves said.

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On Tuesday, the WWP announced it would commit $160 million for clinical care and mental health programs for veterans.

“Ultimately, our goal is to heal the mind, body, and spirit of warriors and to empower them on the path to well-being, recovery, and success in the civilian world,” said Michael Linnington. , CEO of WWP, at an event in New York.

Figures from the National Center for PTSD estimate that 10-30% of veterans suffer from PTSD in any given year or at some point in their lives. Studies also show that an average of 20 veterans and active duty personnel per day commit suicide.

“A lot of people take PTSD lightly and it’s not to be taken lightly because you don’t know the soldier or their situation or what they’ve been through,” Graves said.

Graves said the WWP and its Warrior Care Network have helped him immensely through intensive therapy, therapeutic bike rides and retreats. He said he now serves as a mentor to fellow veterans.

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“I know I’m different, but I try to cope and deal with these things, and with the programs they have, they’re very helpful,” Graves said.

Graves said veterans and their families shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.

“Go get the help you need and don’t be afraid to get the help you need,” Graves said. “Talk about it, and then you can help other veterans by coming out yourself.”

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The WWP said the $160 million investment will help more than 5,000 veterans over five years.

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