Fort Drum soldiers to be treated at S...

Fort Drum soldiers to be treated at Sitrin

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#1 Aug 25, 2010

NEW HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., called Tuesday for some military veterans from Fort Drum with post traumatic stress disorder to be treated locally at Sitrin Health Care.

Currently, all such veterans requiring treatment go to Texas, but allowing some of them to be treated at Sitrin would help Sitrin and allow the veterans to receive “world-class service” closer to Fort Drum, Schumer said.

“It makes sense for everybody,” Schumer said.

Schumer announced his support of the plan Tuesday at Camp Sitrin. He was joined by Sitrin officials, state Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito, D-Rome, and others for the news conference.

Sitrin and Fort Drum officials have been meeting about the plan, and Sitrin also has been looking into the possibility of receiving veterans from other military bases, said Rosemary Bonacci, Sitrin’s vice president of development and communications.

A contract with Fort Drum could work in collaboration with the remaining phases of Sitrin’s master plan, which calls for about $30 million to be spent to build a new medical treatment facility, an athletic training facility and an equestrian center, Bonacci said. No capital funds have been secured yet for the project, and a committee has been meeting about the project for about a year, she said.

Discussions are still taking place about how many veterans from Fort Drum would be treated at Sitrin and when they would be able to start receiving treatment there, Bonacci said.

Schumer supports provision of government services (and money) by a PRIVATE entity? How nice. What's in it for him? Sitrin is not equipt to provide services and treat the mental health issues of our soliders. Sitrin is all flash with NO substance. Our soldiers deserve better than that.

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#2 Aug 25, 2010
Who owns the Observer Dispatch? I've noticed that comments are immediately removed if it is remotely critical of Schumer or Sitrin.

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