Therapist Melanie Squire has worked with active duty military members at a psychiatric hospital and with veterans at a homeless shelter. What she saw was a huge unmet need.
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Squire has just launched the Military and Veteran Counseling Center with two locations in Salt Lake City and Layton. She says the therapists all have certified combat related trauma training and knowledge of military culture. The center is not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Squire says she’s heard a lot of complaints from clients about the limited care available from the VA.
“They were very frustrated at trying to get mental health care at the VA, being on waiting lists, feeling like when they went in, they were rushed in the door and rushed out,” Squire says. “50 percent of our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans that are returning are not getting the mental healthcare that they need.”
The center uses a sliding pay scale for those without health insurance. There’s also free care available for those who are homeless. It's paid for through state and federal funds.