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New veterans center opens in Hooksett

A new center for veterans – called the Manchester Vet Center and one of several in the state – opened yesterday in Hooksett.

It offers individual and group counseling for veterans and their family members, military sexual trauma counseling and post-traumatic stress disorder counseling.

The center also offers substance abuse assessment and referral, employee assessment and referral, benefits case management, and community outreach opportunities.

The new veterans center replaces a facility that had significant safety concerns and was too small for veterans to hold many of their activities. As a result, area veterans were forced to find alternative spaces to meet.

The new center increases space from 2,200 square feet to 4,975 square feet and features new space for physical therapy, educational activities and group meetings.

In March 2012, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte urged Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shineski to complete the construction contract after delays had held up for the relocation for more than two years.

“The relocation of the facility has been long overdue, and I am thrilled that our veterans now have this new facility to call their own. They deserve nothing less,” Shaheen said.

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