Last week, Bethesda, Md. became the new home of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, aimed at bettering military and civilian healthcare providers’ ability to treat traumatic brain injuries and psychological disorders in veterans.
Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn spoke at the facility’s opening ceremony last week.
The center is located at the National Naval Medical Center, where it will serve as a mulit-faceted operation for veterans and their families to recieve better diagnosis and treatment plans than are available at the typical military installation.
“The need for such an institution could not be more pressing as our military approaches its 10th year at war,” Lynn said. “They’ll need care long after the wars are over.”
The department has done other things to promote mental health, including appointing directors of psychological health in every state to offer consistent service to National Guard members and their families and adding more than 2,000 mental-health providers, Lynn said.
Finally, he said, the department continues to emphasize to service members their careers will not be jeopardized for seeking mental-health treatment.