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Faith-Based Organization to Help Veterans, Families Cope with PTSD

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  • 2011 Nov 07
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Base Camp Hope, a new nonprofit, Christ-centered organization in Minnesota, is being developed to help veterans and their families address the growing problem of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ASSIST News Service reports. The organization, which will provide centers in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul and in St. Cloud, Minn., is currently in the process of fundraising and searching for two counseling directors, and it is being supported by several local groups. "Base Camp Hope will be a unique response to PTSD because we will integrate spiritual healing along with mental and physical therapies, plus we will be one of the few facilities that addresses the needs of the families of the traumatized veterans," said founder and executive director Diane Kinney, who served in the U.S. Army in the 1970s. "I have seen too many veterans with PTSD whose needs are not being met." The goal is to provide comprehensive treatment for PTSD and enable troubled veterans to readjust to home, Kinney said. The facilities will be open 24/7 and provide a safe place for any veteran or family member.