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VETERANS SANCTUARY What: Short-term residential facility for veterans, offering treatment and counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder and related problems such as substance abuse and mental illness.
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They deserve our support

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Mar 3, 2009
 
The men and women who served deserve our full support.
bitter not guns

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Mar 3, 2009
 
The Mayor needs to jump on board..he needs all the good PR he can! A worthy cause and we should do no less for our heroes.
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Mar 3, 2009
 
For once something good is happening here.
Bleh

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Mar 3, 2009
 
I hope this place opens.
Bigby

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#5
Mar 3, 2009
 
This is great. There are a ton of vets who are coming home with issues. As we sit and enjoy what we can of our lives, most have already grown comfortable with forgetting we are still at war. My friends and family has been affected, as a lot have been, and it is good to know there will be some local help waiting for them.
Thank a Veteran

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#6
Mar 3, 2009
 
Using this beautiful 100 year-old former church Sunday School building as a Veteran Santuary is an excellent way to take care of our soldiers.
Let's support this positive endeaver!

Land of the FREE
because of the BRAVE.
emjoy

Harrisburg, PA

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Mar 3, 2009
 
I'm glad someone is doing this. Our vets don't get enough support as it is. I'm just concerned about who is doing it and how. Is Treatment Trends going to be able to run a short-term residential facility in an area where they cannot have a residential treatment facility? Is short term treatment sufficient? How about a compromise with the arts community, using art therapies to help the vets? Treatment Trends is looking at this a another sort of D&A treatment center, with a specialization. True, many with battle disorders turn to drugs to treat themselves. But treating the drug dependence only addresses a part of the problem. Once they've provided the detox and rehab, will they be able to treat the PTSD? I would suggest conventional means for detox and rehab, and using htis center only for PTSD and other war-related concerns, both as a short-term residential situation and as a drop-in and appointment-centered facility. With a nice auditorium for music, theater, and speakers, and a front hall for an art gallery.
Truth can hurt

Bethlehem, PA

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#8
Mar 3, 2009
 
Nothing better than our veterans!

Talk about courage, answering the call, placing your life on the line for country.

Heroes one and all, and I thank them.
Thank You

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Mar 3, 2009
 
It was almost seventy years ago when my mother,a very active St. John's Lutheran Church member, became engaged to an Army soldier sent to Germany in WWII. While my mother was working for a small Allentown firm, she and her friends would also meet 2 or 3 times weekly at St.John's Church to continue the Luther League mission of service through group efforts and support for the troops. When my father was discharged after the war, he and my mother married at St. John's church continuing the legacy of four generations of family members being baptized and married at this most magnificent Lutheran church .

Our family members have served our country as soldiers in the Revolutioary War to the Vietnam War.
My late mother and father would be very proud to know that their beautiful St. John's Church will continue the legacy of giving back to our Veterans- knowing that so many soldiers continue to sacrifice their own lives for freedom.

Thank you Treatment Trends.
claire

Harrisburg, PA

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#10
Mar 3, 2009
 
It's about time something is done for our veterans. They come home from battle and are treated like 4th class citizens. I think this country's welfare budget needs to be slashed and more money going towards benefits for the brave men and women who served this country.
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Mar 3, 2009
 
claire wrote:
It's about time something is done for our veterans. They come home from battle and are treated like 4th class citizens. I think this country's welfare budget needs to be slashed and more money going towards benefits for the brave men and women who served this country.
Don't slash the Welfare budget so fast! We've got tons of servicemen's families on Food Stamps. This is not okay! While our soldiers are overseas, we are not taking proper care of their families over here. They need one less thing to worry about. Let's take care of their families, one way or another. Paying soldiers a living wage would be a good start.
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#12
Mar 3, 2009
 
Look, spend all of the money on our vets that you want but don't disguise it as treatment for PTSD. Most of these kids' only skill-set is pulling a trigger. They get back from service, have no marketable skills so they "develop" PTSD and claim disability. Help the vets, they deserve it...but let's call a spade a spade.
Claire

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#13
Mar 3, 2009
 
Typical all or nothing mentality. I was not referring to taking anything away from them, veterans benefits means just that: veterans benefits. That includes food stamps, whatever. They should get whatever they need.
emjoy wrote:
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Don't slash the Welfare budget so fast! We've got tons of servicemen's families on Food Stamps. This is not okay! While our soldiers are overseas, we are not taking proper care of their families over here. They need one less thing to worry about. Let's take care of their families, one way or another. Paying soldiers a living wage would be a good start.
emjoy

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#14
Mar 3, 2009
 
Claire wrote:
Typical all or nothing mentality. I was not referring to taking anything away from them, veterans benefits means just that: veterans benefits. That includes food stamps, whatever. They should get whatever they need.
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Typical over-reaction to an innocuous statement, but, whatever. I was trying to point out that we need to provide more for our soldiers, not less. And Food Stamps is not a veterans' benefit.

I liked the idea put forth here about adding vocational training or retraining to the program. when you take a kid out of high school and train him to be a soldier, then send him back to the world to find a job, he is a little behind in the marketable skills department. Instead of just telling veteerans that they have transferrable skills, let's show them how to transfer them.
Reality

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#15
Mar 3, 2009
 
Great program, good people running it, but a terrible location for the city.

If the city had its act together, a non-profit would have difficulty even buying a property so close to the business/government district. In anyplace but Allentown, something like this would get the mayor voted out of office.

Sadly, a treatment facility is one of the few growth industries left in Ed Pawlowski's Allentown.
Lorax

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Mar 3, 2009
 
Nice article about Veterans Sanctuary, a program that. no doubt, will be supported by the local government and community. The Veterans Sanctuary is a much needed service for the men and women who have given years of their lives to serve our country. In reading classics such as the Illiad and Odyssey, we see that struggle of the civilian moving into the world of war and then the struggle of having to somehow find a place back in society. Again and again we have seen high numbers of soldiers developing serious problems that impact their functioning, their ability to be part of their families and interfere in their reintegrating back into society. We owe these men and women the best opportunity for integrating the experience of service, war and combat and we owe it to our communities as well. The Veterans Sanctuary will also make sure that family members are a part of the healing process and will help address the secondary trauma that is often experienced by members of the family when their loved one is having problems. Again, very nice coverage by Scott Kraus and the Morning Call.
Claire

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#17
Mar 4, 2009
 
It's my opinion that if a spouse is overseas fighting for our country that the family should also be exempt from paying property taxes for the duration the spouse is gone. The veterans and their families in this country get shafted yet the welfare scum of society has very little to worry about. Something is terribly wrong with that picture.
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#18
Mar 6, 2009
 
The facility would be surrounded by other residential housing. I would be all for a treatment center for veterans, but I would prefer a local VA Hospital rather than a privately run residential treatment facility.

It is the 2nd best alternative.
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Sep 23, 2013
 
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