Care Center Reaches Out To Assist Veterans

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TRIANGLE, VA - NOVEMBER 10: A U.S. Marine holds a U.S. flag during a naturalization ceremony November 10, 2014 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia. Service members, military veterans and civilians take part in 40 naturalization ceremonies across the country from November 7 - 14 to honor Veterans Day and become U.S. citizens. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Dick Mason

Hot Lake Springs, which served as a hospital a century ago, may be returning to its roots in less than two years. A four-partner coalition is making plans to convert Hot Lake Springs to a $42 million privately funded, non-profit, self-sustaining veterans restorative care center in less than two years.

The objective of the care center would be to reduce the high suicide rate of American veterans, said retired Lt. Col. John Bickel, of McKinney, Texas, during a public meet and greet at Hot Lake Springs on Saturday.

Bickel, a leader of the Veterans Restorative Care Center project, said that an average of 22 American veterans commit suicide each day and that more needs to be done to help them address the physical, emotional and mental issues they face due to their time in service.

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