Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:08:21 GMT
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County. Carroll died after being shot on April 28 at the residence of Samples' ex-wife. Carroll drove himself to the hospital,More >>
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County.More >>
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
July 26, 2007
Dougherty County -- The Defense Appropriations Bill allocates seven million dollars for improvements at Albany's Marine Base. Part of that money will go toward a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder center at Phoebe Putney Hospital.
Hospital officials are already seeing South Georgia military men and women in need of their help. Experts say up to 35 percent of the military men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan could suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
And South Georgia veterans are victims of it. Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick said "we have also noticed in our V.A. Clinic here that there has been more and more demand for mental health counseling. So this is another thing that is telling us there is a need there."
The horrors of a war with no front lines and an often unseen enemy, has given many citizen soldiers returning home disorders, often long after they have left the military. Phoebe Vice President for Administration Lynda Hammond said "we do see a lot of it coming after the fact, they may have been home three months, six months, a year sometimes. And it can be shortlived, but it can go on for a long time."
Because of their central location to many military bases, Phoebe has worked for 15 months to host a Technical Regional Center to study and treat PTSD. Phoebe's plan is to treat patients outside a military hospital setting. Wernick said "to be part of the research of it, so we can make a community setting real convenient for people in this region to come to, as opposed to potentially having to go onto a military base."
The Appropriations bill allocated two million dollars to Phoebe to establish the PTSD Center. Still very much in the planning stage, Phoebe officials don't know exactly where the center will be housed, but they say they know they have to find the best treatment for America's troops. Hmmond said "so that we can get advice from the best experts in the world, and partner with others to make sure we are doing the best that we can."
The M.C.L.B. Base in Albany was allocated five million dollars in the Appropriations bill, to set up advanced technology, information, and data centers to better control the Marine Corps equipment, which is monitored and tracked worldwide from Albany's base.
Congressman Sanford Bishop is a member of the House Appropriation Subcommittee on Defense, which allocates the 459 billion dollars in Defense Funds.