$275M pledge will fund free mental health facilities for veterans, families



By Patricia Kime

It took a lot for the Marine veteran who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan early in the wars to walk into the Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical Center for help.

Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury for more than 10 years without a diagnosis, he sought treatment only after his employer recommended it.

As a diplomatic security officer at the United Nations, “Al” was failing to handle ongoing pressures of the job. He askedhire vets that his full name not be used to protect his privacy.

“I started having problems at work, and I’ve been in treatment ever since,” said the former corporal. “The more you actually start processing everything that you have seen and experienced, the farther along you are on the steps to healing.”

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