Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - November 16, 2007

VA supports our veterans

As citizens of the United States, all staff of the Department of Veterans Affairs hold dear their strong desire to support our men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dorn VA Medical Center), the Rock Hill VA community clinic, embraces the honor and commitment to providing quality health care to our nation's veterans.

During wartime, the need for health care increases. Timely initial mental health assessments are provided for veterans. Individual treatment plans are established based on each veteran's unique clinical needs. Both inpatient and outpatient treatments are referred to community health care providers when needed to expedite health care.

Outpatient services include care for veterans suffering from substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and psychosis. Depending on each patient's unique needs, treatment plans vary. They may include group therapy, intensive outpatient therapy, mental health intensive case management, telemedicine, rehabilitative services, and/or medication management. A mental health team is located with the primary care service at the Dorn VA Medical Center, and a psychosocial rehabilitative and recovery service has recently opened to further enhance mental health services. Additional health care staff have been hired to give special focus to suicide prevention and recovery from mental illness.

The overarching goal of the Dorn VA Medical Center is to provide health care that is second to none and to ease the suffering of the veterans who have served our nation to ensure freedom for all.

David Bunton is the business manager for the Rock Hill clinic.

Reach him at (803) 366-4848, Ext. 2540.

Brian Heckert


Dorn VA Medical Center

Rock Hill

Helpful person came to the rescue

Yesterday my 87-year-old aunt and my 91-year-old uncle from Gastonia decided to take a drive. They live in an assisted living facility, but Aunt Clara still drives (something I'm trying to take care of).

For some unknown reason, she got it in her head Monday that she wanted to go to the beach. So away they went down S.C. 274.

They got as far as Newport,and got lost. Aunt Clara stopped at the Shell station and went in crying and told them that she was lost. She met a woman named Jackie Rose. Jackie calmed her and talked with her. Aunt Clara gave her my name but couldn't remember exactly what I did, but Jackie found me. She called and I went right over. Jackie stayed with them until I got there. She was truly a life saver.

Something horrible could have happened if they hadn't found such a caring person.

Linda Muse

Rock Hill