27 Mar 2007

American Samoa gets clinic for war veterans

3:20 pm on 27 March 2007

American Samoa's member of the US Congress says a new medical facility that's being set up in American Samoa will help war veterans who are suffering psychologically.

The clinic, officially opening in July, will be the first medical clinic in the territory geared towards serving the needs of war veterans.

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says American Samoa's isolation has prevented readily available medical treatment for its war veterans and those serving in the reserves.

He says a lot of veterans, who served in the Vietnam and Iraq wars, are subject to post-traumatic stress syndrome and without the clinic would have to travel to Honolulu to receive treatment.

"They come back from war, psychologically and mentally and socially - they really need help. We are very happy that, that's also gonna be part of the treatment that they will be getting with this new medical clinic that we're gonna be setting up in American Samoa."

Faleomavaega says the clinic will employ a full time physician, two nurses, a social worker and a mental health care provider.