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Government to expand Wilmington VA clinic, add more throughout region

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WILMINGTON -- Many Marines and soldiers end up here in the Cape Fear region after fulfilling their duties in the armed forces. This boom in the veteran population has put a strain on the area's lone V.A. clinic. The clinic is located in Wilmington. Local Navy veteran Mike Ewert says you can only get a regular check up at the clinic. For any other services veterans have to drive hours to get to a V.A. medical center. To make it easier on our veterans new clinics are going up in Brunswick and Robeson Counties. Wilmington's V.A. clinic will also go through an expansion. Rep. Mike McIntyre said, "One of the reasons we are expanding in Wilmington is not only because of the population growth of veterans in the area but also a desire to offer more services, including mental health services, which has been an area where there has been a concern a well -- as a lot of the rehab services and additional diagnostic screenings." McIntyre says the new V.A. clinics will be centrally located within each county. Brunswick County's will be in Supply. The one in Robeson County will be built in Lumberton. McIntyre hopes the V.A. clinics will be open by 2012.

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I want to thank Mike McIntyre for all the help in getting VA benefits from the Wilmington Clinic Without his help I would have received nothing. Why must we bother Mike to get what we have earned by serving ? Why do we have to fight the local system?

New VA Clinics

2012? Are you kidding? That is 4 years from now. These soldiers are in need of mental and physical help now especially mental wounds from war. To come home to the Wilmington area without Mental Health Specialists in PTSD and other readjustment issues from war is negligent at best. We are setting up Readjustment Counseling Centers(Vet Centers) in less then a year after authorization with 4 person special readjustment and outreach teams for the Iraq and Afganistan vets. If authorized we could set one up in Wilmington within a year and at least have mental health and outreach to war zone vets in the county while you are moving through Government molassass taking 4 years. Improvise, think outside the box for the benifit of cutting down suicide, dui's, substance abuse, incarcerations, homelessness, divorce, job problems, financial problems and all the other stuff that war does to us. Whats the problem. The money spent in a week in these questionable wars could set up a bunch of clinics for a long time and hire experienced therapists. There are a lot of mental health therapists other then social workers and psychologists and psychiatrists who have graduate degrees and experience and may be war vets that can help get this show on the road. Lets do it. You keep messing around with these long set up times and you wont have many veterans to rally to the country for more soldiers to fight because of not being adaquately cared for close to where there communities are. Get It Done! Tim Zerr

VA Clinic's 2012 Project

I concur with Mr. Tim Zerr's statements. It's worse than negligent; It shows any potential future soldiers that you will be given a low priority if you serve and survive; Already, there's no reasonable transportation to get you to Fayetteville or Durham. The DAV does a wonderful job with the volunteer vet's who drive. What if your Doctors' appointment doesn't fall on the days their volunteers are scheduled to transport? So, 3 years away? Many of the soldiers who can potentially return home from the war can't because they're not equipped to handle the extent of their injuries here. These local hospitals treat civilians like a second class citizen if you don't have insurance; What do they call it ""fasttrack"... To get you outta there if you're uninsured or have a perceived low priority. There's no excuse for treating us that way after we laid our lives on the line to preserve their way of life. Imagine yourself coming home from a war. To find out you've got to still jump through hoops to be treated for injuries you did not cause. I thought the government would have a faster reaction time than that. Some of us are suffering silently until we reach our breaking point. I pray that they would accurately measure the threshold of pain; But that's too much like an admission of responsibility. Again, Slow response time at it's finest. Well, Pressure has to be released in some kind of way and everybody's gonna be pointing their fingers. Somebody needs to Nip this in the bud and "Get 'er done", NOW...


Congressman McIntyre, I just wanted to take time to thank you for all you have done to assist me in obtaining VA benefits. Sincerely. Patricia Austin DAV