Mental health care program for vets launches in Philly

Organization provides free treatment to post-9/11 vets

Mark Abrams
June 06, 2018 - 4:04 pm

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WEST PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A mental health care treatment program for military vets is being launched in Philadelphia. 

Headstrong was founded six years ago by three combat veterans who wanted to get help for those who served in the military post-9/11 who were struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, anxiety, depression or other traumas.

The program treats vets in other areas like New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Denver.

The organization held a launch party Wednesday in West Philadelphia to discuss the importance of providing cost-free mental health services to veterans and their families.

David Petrucco, one of the co-founders and vice chairman of Headstrong's board, said the treatment program has a track record of success.

"You come in, you get treated right away, it's free, and no one knows about it other than you and the clinician you're talking to," he said.

Vets can sign up online and a clinician will get back to them within 24 hours.

Former Philadelphia area Rep. Patrick Murphy, who served as under secretary of the Army, spoke at the launch and said the need is genuine.

"There's 20 veterans who commit suicide every single day," he added. "It's an epidemic in our country."