Cumberland County veterans have new place for help

August 9, 2013 3:01:11 PM PDT
Cumberland County has one of the largest veteran populations in the state, and now those who have served have a new place to get the help they need.

The Veterans Services Building now offers more safety and privacy. The old home of the Board of Elections on Russell Street is now a renovated home for Cumberland County's 46,500 veterans.

Before Friday, veterans were packed into the Social Services Building where their needs could be aired for public consumption.

"We also had privacy issues down there because we were in cubicles and as we were getting more and more veterans with PTSD and mental health issues, there was no private place to go and have a conversation," said Veteran Services Director Sharon Sanders.

The building also has a wheelchair ramp, which makes for easier accessibility for handicapped veterans. There are also more parking spots.

"They really deserve this," said Sanders. "It's theirs and I think they're going to be real happy."

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