Veterans coming home from Afghanistan and other future conflicts will now have a new place to find help in Polk County. On Tuesday, the VA Lakeland Vet Center opened with a ribbon cutting before an enthusiastic crowd. It is located on Ariana Street, just southwest of downtown.
The center has social workers, counselors and other experts on staff to provide psychological and re-adjustment services.
Experts say many of the men and women who return from conflict experience nightmares, depression, even suicidal thoughts.
The center hopes to help keep them in check, which is not an easy thing to do.
Warren Richman is still feeling the mental anguish of conflict of Viet Nam. Even though he was there as a U.S. Marine more than 40 years ago, he still has nightmares.
"I think they may go away, but not stay away," he said. "But you can get help with it."
Just the kind of help the new Vet Center is offering.
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