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Veterans mental health care

Webster, N.Y.Hes happy, but it took him a while to get there.

Its pretty up there, said Jon Stanley, a U.S. Navy veteran. Pretty high stresspretty high-speed environment.

Stanley spent a year in the Warrior Salute program at CDS Monarch in Webster. It helped him cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

The Fort Hood shooter was being evaluated for mental health problems, though it is unknown if the gunman had PTSD.

News of the Fort Hood shooting stirred up rough memories for Stanley.

Kind of just thought that soldier must have been in a really bad place, Stanley said.

There are numerous programs for veterans in need of mental health services, including the VA facilities in Rochester and Canandaigua, CDS Monarch in Webster and the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester.

Stanley and Retired General Robert Mixon of CDS Monarch say that veterans need to commit to treatment. If that happens, theres a great chance theyll regain happiness, as Stanley has.

Its a big relief, youre able to function, theres still trying times, but it is nothing like it was before, explained Stanley.

According to the Canandaigua branch of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Rochester and Canandaiguas mental health services generally have lower wait times than the 14-day national average.

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Washington Times