HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Pacific Islands Veterans Health Care System (VAPIHCS) manager said its new West Oahu clinic is approximately 15 percent complete and set to open in 2024.
President Joe Biden officially renamed the ALOHA VA Clinic to the Daniel Kahikina Akaka VA Clinic, named after the late former Senator and Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman.
The 66,000 square foot Akaka Clinic will make it easier for Leeward veterans to access services without having to travel to Tripler Army Medical Center.
“I’m so thrilled that not only is the construction underway, it’s actually underway. But we also have the official name,” said VAPIHCS Director Dr. Adam Robinson Jr. “There will be primary care, mental health care, audiology laboratory services, physiotherapy, care dental, prosthetics, women’s health, as well as a multitude of specialized care clinics. So it will be a really comprehensive clinic for our veterans in Oahu.
The clinic will also serve veterans who live in other Pacific islands, including Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Rota and American Samoa.
June is also Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. Many veterans, especially those who served in combat, suffer from mental health issues like PTSD.
“Every month at the VA is truly PTSD Mental Health Month,” Dr. Robinson said. “I was on active duty in the military in the navy for about 35 years. And during that time, PTSD came to the fore, just as traumatic brain injury came to the fore in our healthcare system. We in the VA now have a [PTSD Resident Recovery Program], which is a PTSD friendly program, it runs year round, we have both active duty and veterans who are enrolled in our program. And I’ll just say we never are, we never stop talking and trying to make sure veterans recognize if they have mental health issues, if they’re feeling suicidal issues or thoughts suicidal, and also if they have difficulties related to the post-traumatic stress of their service to which we are available, to be with them to help them in any way possible.
If you know a veteran who needs help, call 800-214-1306.
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