VA Deploys Mental Health Staff in Orlando After Mass Shooting
June 13, 2016
The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Orlando is providing emergency mental health assistance to people affected by the bloody rampage at a nightclub early Sunday that killed 49 and left 53 wounded.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, the VA said its services would be available to veterans and department employees, as well as the general public "in the wake of the tragic mass shooting."
Police say Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen and Muslim who lived in Fort Pierce, Florida, entered The Pulse, a gay nightspot, early Sunday morning and opened fire with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm Glock handgun.
The medical center's Mobile Medical Unit is located at the Beardall Senior Center, 800 Delaney Ave., about three miles from The Pulse nightclub at 1912 South Orange Ave. The mobile unit will remain open Monday night until 11 p.m., officials said, and can be contacted at 321-277-6672.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
VA Deploys Mobile Medical Unit to Orlando
What happened on early Sunday morning will not be the end of the story for a very long time. Some will eventually recover but no one will be the same. Some will end up needing help for PTSD. The thing is, if what you are experiencing is not gone or at least easier in 30 days, get help. Make sure you talk to a trauma specialist. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can help others.