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Mental health focus for VA rehab center

January 31, 2011

West Texas VA Health Care System officials will cut the ribbon on their new residential rehabilitation trentment center Tuesday.

The “Veteran Healing Center,” which will provide treatment for veterans suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness, will be formally dedicated during ceremonies at the center, located on the northwest section of the VA Medical Center campus, at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Parking will be available in the employee parking lot adjacent to Ryan Street.

The 40-bed treatment center, also known as a domiciliary, is an offshoot of the VA's oldest health care program. It was first established in the 1860s to provide a home for Civil War soldiers and evolved from a “soldiers' home” to a state-of-the-art clinical rehabilitation and treatment center, VA officials said.

The Big Spring VA was selected as the site for the domiciliary, thanks in part to the combined effort of local, state and national leaders, said Daniel L. Marsh, WTVAHCS director.

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