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VA in Huntington, WV hosts mental health summit

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HUNTINGTON, WV -

The mental health needs of veterans was the forefront of a summit Thursday in Huntington, WV. 

The VA Medical Center played host to non-profit and community organizations as a means to create partnerships in helping veterans and their families the help they need. 

State and local health care providers, representatives from congressional offices and educational institutions were all on-hand discussing what options are available to veterans and what they can do to enhance mental health care. 

Dr. Janine Shaw, Chief of VA Mental Health, tells 13News the summit was necessary to facilitate a plan where all veterans can be helped.

"There's kind of been a history where we maybe didn't know what was going on in the community to help veterans and the community didn't know what the VA was doing. So this gives us and opportunity to get together, talk about that and make up some action plans for how we can better serve our veterans," Shaw said. 

Doctors say need is growing day by day as more and more veterans are returning from war.