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Veteran Recovery Center Opens Doors to the Community

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Tina Haynes, TVHS Music Therapist, speaks to a Veteran at the Veteran's Recovery Center.

Tina Haynes, TVHS Music Therapist, speaks to a Veteran at the Veteran's Recovery Center Open House about programs available. The open house was held in October to showcase the services available to Veterans. More than 100 people attended the event.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Veteran Recovery Center (VRC) located in Murfreesboro held an open house October 18 to showcase the services available to Veterans through its programs to help Veterans with mental illness.

The event was a success as Veterans and various other stakeholders from the community attended. Many were able to seek out information on services and others to provide information on the various therapeutic activities offered through the VRC.

"This event was a great way to make Veterans aware of psycho-social programs available to them," said Scott Hardie, Coordinator of the VRC  in Murfreesboro. "It is especially valuable to younger returning combat Veterans. We wanted to let them know we were here to help them, and I think this event accomplished that," he said.

Hardie and the staff at the VRC organized this event for more than 3 months and were pleased with the outcome. According to Hardie there were more than 100 people who attended the event.

The Murfreesboro VRC is located at 260 Glenis Dr. in Murfreesboro and supports veterans who have mental illnesses such as Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder and PTSD in developing skills, support systems and wellness strategies to help improve their quality of life. Veterans participate in classes aimed at promoting community integration through effective symptom management, communication, and coping, as well as learning about computer and expressive arts skills. Its goal is to help Veterans lead more fulfilling lives and develop their full potential.