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By BRETT BARROUQUERE

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky National Guard, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of Louisville have launched an outpatient program as a way to mitigate the backlog of cases awaiting action by the federal Veterans Affairs administration.

The goal of the program, officials say, is to move veterans more quickly into treatment after they are either referred or seek out help on their own for problems such as depression or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Kentucky National Guard received an $80,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs to create the program.

A full time social worker handles requests with a relatively short turnaround time and a team from the University of Louisville handles dealing with the medication and privacy issues.

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