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Veterans Say Loyola Recovery Foundation Closure Is Vital Loss

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, usa, troops, critical services, Cuts, VA Healthcare Network, Healthcare, Veterans, americans, disease, illness, prevention, treatment, sadness )

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On Tuesday, employees were notified the 25 bed facility, would be closing. The VA in a statement, "VA Healthcare Network (VISN 2) which covers most of New York State, has had a long relationship with Loyola Recovery Foundation


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Dee C (229)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 9:38 am
It's one of the biggest issues facing returning veterans: alcoholism and drug abuse. As Tanja Rekhi reports, one place many sought to deal with that issue shut its doors for good on Friday.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- For veterans batting drug or alcohol addiction, a vital service has ended.

The Loyola Recoery Foundation in Albany closed its doors Friday. The Foundation provided treatment and services to veterans dealing with substance abuse, including detoxification.

It's a service Bob Starks has become familiar with due to his battle with alcoholism.

"I lost a marriage due to it," said Starks. "I had been homeless since 1983, bouncing in and out of shelters and that's just how I lived my life."

Starks remembers nights he stayed at bus stops in the freezing cold.

"I have nobody in my life because of it," said Starks.

It all started for the 58-year-old veteran in 1977. The Marine was out in Spain, when his ship was struck, causing 49 people to drown.

Bruce C D (89)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 11:02 am
I don't understand, because it seems doubtful the need for the facility has decreased, and it doesn't appear there is any replacement.

Dee C (229)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 11:30 am
Its such a disgrace.. These poor unfortunate Vets needing so many vital services to detoxify from alcohol or opioids like heroin are now going to be transported near 235 miles west for inpatient care..This is according to the provider of those services..

I just hate how our Vets are treated..The lack of care or any regard for their well being..physically and or emotionally.. is just disgusting..
This government shout truly be ashamed at how quick they are to send them off to fight wars and terrorism..and then just toss them away when they return without blinking an eye..

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 7:40 pm
This is tragic. The VA is so overtaxed these days and there are not enough personnel and medical professionals there any longer. The White River hospital in Vermont does not yet have the problems. Conditions and overcrowding in Phoenix is a scandal.

William Moorman (22)
Monday November 24, 2014, 5:00 am
The money for the VA is reduced every year

Past Member (0)
Monday November 24, 2014, 9:24 am
I hate how vets are treated, it is NOT right!

Dee C (229)
Monday November 24, 2014, 9:53 am
Me too Stardust..

Kathleen M (210)
Monday November 24, 2014, 3:07 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing, Dee. Whose bright idea was this? Someone failed to use the Brains with which they were born! Members of the armed foces are struggling with consequences of having served mutiple tours of duty. Vets are committing suicide every day. Substance abuse issues are one of the major problems, and a major source of treatment is closed? Come again? Disgraceful does not begin to describe it!

marie C (163)
Monday November 24, 2014, 5:00 pm
This is disgusting

Colleen L (3)
Monday November 24, 2014, 9:34 pm
It's disgusting how they continue to take and take more away. Whatever happened to helping others? Thanks Dee

. (5)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 6:43 am
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