While the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is planning to build clinics on military installations, the reality of a new clinic at Fort Hood is premature, organization officials said Thursday.
The private foundation and the Pentagon announced a partnership to raise $100 million to build clinics to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, but the official plans only include two clinics, one at Fort Belvoir, Va., and the other at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
An Associated Press article mentioned that Fort Hood, along with five other installations, also would get clinics.
“We have identified these locations in our internal planning process, so we are at a very preliminary stage,” said David A. Winters, president of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Fort Hood already has a traumatic brain injury clinic, as well as a variety of post-traumatic stress treatment options through Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.
With a referral, active-duty service members, adult family members and retirees can receive physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology/social work and neuropsychology at the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic.
Darnall’s Department of Behavioral Health has several options for service members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, including the Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program.
“We have help available,” said Lt. Col. Sharette Gray, chief of behavioral health for the hospital, during an interview earlier this month with the Herald. “Our providers really provide world-class care and they really want to treat soldiers. They are motivated to helping soldiers, specifically. A lot of them volunteer to come here for that reason. Don’t hesitate to get help. It’s not a weakness, it’s actually a sign of strength. It will set an example for others ... and it will make a difference.”
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