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Neighbors don't like plans for veterans PTSD center

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POSTED June 26, 2012 9:03 p.m.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego City Council delayed voting Tuesday on a controversial plan to open a 40-bed treatment center for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder across the street from a charter elementary school.

City officials decided to hold off until negotiations wrap up between the Old Town Academy's attorney, Cynthia Morgan, and the Department of Veteran Affairs medical director in San Diego, Jeffrey Gering.

Old Town Academy officials worry if veterans have outbursts, it could disrupt its operations or pose a threat to students, U-T San Diego reported. The school has about 250 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The plan has also drawn opposition from Old Town neighborhood groups.

Proponents say the facility will help troubled veterans transition to civilian life. The average stay would be 60 to 120 days. The facility funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs would also treat veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries who do not need to be hospitalized, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The City Council is expected to take up the issue again July 24.

"I think the time over the next few weeks will be time well spent," Councilman Todd Gloria told City News Service. "Ultimately, what I want to see is a successful facility that takes care of our nation's heroes."


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