The last steel beam was put in place Thursday for a new 80 bed mental health center at the VA hospital in Palo Alto. Among those on hand for the topping out ceremony was California Senator Barbara Boxer.

The two-story, 100,000 square foot mental health center is being constructed thanks to a $54 million federal investment.

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Boxer said there aren’t enough facilities like these in the state to treat our wounded veterans, whose injuries aren’t always visible.

”Over the last few years the leadership at the DOD and Veterans Affairs Administration has come to see that these injuries are significant,” said Boxer. “The stigma of seeking care has been reduced, and the quality of care we provide has been improved, and those who used to suffer in the shadows can now feel more comfortable seeking the care that they deserve.”

Construction of the mental health facility is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.


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