• VA brain center may get $3 million
    August 24,2013

    WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says Vermont’s Veterans Administration medical center could get $3 million to help study post-traumatic stress disorder and help rural health care providers deal with the problem.

    Leahy said the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the White River Junction hospital would help create the nation’s first brain tissue repository dedicated to researching the physical impact of stress and trauma on the brain.

    The other half of the funding would go toward initiating an outreach program for rural veterans with PTSD designed to support community health care providers with information and resources on diagnosis and treatment.

    The funding is included in a military construction and veterans affairs budget bill that awaits passage by both houses of Congress.

    — Staff and wire reports

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