A 120K square foot building will be the largest facility to provide specialized mental and physical healthcare exclusively for veterans, active duty military, and military families with the goal of reducing the tragically high suicide rate in the military community.
According to the National Institute of Health, an average of 22 American veterans commit suicide every day. This grim statistic is what prompted the national nonprofit Vets Lives Matter Now and Healthy Place Botanicals™, a Georgia-based wellness company, to team up with the goal of providing a physical location for tackling the myriad of reasons our veterans struggle with mental and physical health issues. This building, aptly named Veterans Healthy Place, will be the largest non-government facility in the country and honor all branches of the military.
Veterans Healthy Place will be a one stop facility that provides support solutions to the very real problems our veterans, active duty personnel, and military families face every day. One floor will house offices for medical and healthcare providers. Another floor will host a social gathering spot similar to a USO. Executive office spaces for veteran-focused businesses and nonprofits will take up another floor. The ground floor will feature a dedicated memorial space and a “garden of gratitude” for visiting veterans to enjoy.
“This building is a concrete example of the core values of Vets Lives Matter Now,” said Val McLeod, Founder and CEO of Vets Lives Matter Now. “We believe the most powerful expression of true patriotism is to show our gratitude to veterans through accountable advocacy. It’s time we stood up and said ‘We appreciate your selfless service and we will help you. Not just on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.’”
The public is welcome to attend the groundbreaking of Veterans Healthy Place on Veterans Day (November 11, 2019) at 11 am at 721 Green Valley Road, Griffin, GA 30224. Veterans, active duty military, and their families are especially encouraged to take part in this history-making celebration of their service.
About Vets Lives Matter Now
Vets Lives Matter Now is a national nonprofit (501c3) serving the needs of America’s veterans, active duty personnel and military families. They believe veterans are our greatest national treasure and our chief purpose is to serve as an accountable advocate for veterans by increasing awareness, highlighting services, and connecting to solution-driven providers. VLMNow aims to recalibrate the ways we, as a nation, both discuss AND show C.A.R.E. for our veterans.
For more information or to contribute please visit them at www.vetslivesmatternow.org.