Valatie veteran credits Albany's VA hospital with PTSD help

November 07, 2017 06:44 PM

Texas church gunman Devin Kelly had won several service awards before being court-martialed in 2012 and then discharged for bad conduct in 2014. That kind of discharge means Kelly could have still accessed his VA benefits, which include counseling services.

A local veteran who suffers from PTSD told NewsChannel 13 on Tuesday that too often veterans don't get the help they need.

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Shelly Kipp of Valatie says the Albany VA hospital has been a huge help for her, but considers herself one of the lucky ones.

"I've been going on the 10th floor to the clinic up there, which is mental health substance abuse floor and let me tell you, I don't know how well I would be if I didn't have my counselor there to talk to," admitted Kipp. "My heart goes out to that individual and to that family and to the families affected. I've been fortunate that people have been so caring and so available to me and maybe people weren't that caring and that available to that person."


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