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  • Friday, January 17, 2014

    VA in Batavia Opens H.O.P.E. Center for Women

    BATAVIA — More women veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can benefit from a new residential facility that opened Jan. 10 at the VA Western New York Health Care System’s Batavia campus.

    Ribbon-cutting for H.O.P.E. Center

    Ribbon-cutting officially opened the Center for H.O.P.E. for women vets on Jan. 10.

    The 10,000 square foot building for the Women’s PTSD Residential Program — one of eight in the country — doubles the size of the program’s capacity, going from six to 12 private bedrooms with private bathrooms. The facility includes a living room, dining area, kitchen and fireplace.

    The residential program attracts women veterans from all over the U.S., the VA reports. Women vets can stay anywhere from two to eight weeks depending on their needs. Women are a growing population of veterans served by VA as more women are serving in the military.

    Center for H.O.P.E. (Healing Opportunities for Peace and Empowerment) is the name staff and patients thought most fitting for the facility, a VA announcement said.

    The residential program is one of the treatment modalities for PTSD for Women. VA also offers individual and group counseling.