New Center Opens to Help Heroes in Campbell County Veterans Community

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Virginia. – US Army veteran Adam Massie lives in one of the small houses under construction in National Center for Healthy Veterans in Campbell County.

He says that without it, he doesn’t know where his life would be right now.

“It’s peaceful. It’s peaceful and it’s helpful,” Massie said.

This goal is to help veterans in good health return to society.

A short walk from Massie’s house is the new community center which was officially opened on Monday.

It is a multipurpose building with one main purpose.

“Portion [to] Save the vets, man, like get ’em out of this dirty corner [of mental health] and show them there’s more to life than just the funk they’re into,” Massie said.

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Massie and his fellow veterans will eat, exercise, do their laundry and gather for recovery programs.

General Jeff Horne, who oversees day-to-day operations, says the center will help veterans heal from traumatic experiences and isolation by creating camaraderie.

“To get to this point…it’s extremely emotional,” Horne said.

He explained that it’s moving because it’s a big step in turning the 340-acre dream into reality.

So far they have built eight houses and are working on the next 12 in their first veterans village.

The group will then move on to building four other similar villages.

Horne says they are reshaping the future of healthcare for heroes.

“This is an opportunity to get it right,” Horne said.

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