Surrey mental health complex for veterans gets funding boost

By Andrew Cowie

A new integrated mental health complex in Surrey aimed at helping veterans with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and rehab is getting some extra funding from a local Legion and charity.

The Legion Veterans Village will be run by the Legion Veterans Village Research Foundation (LVVRF), an organization that describes itself as “Canada’s first-of-its-kind, integrated centre of excellence for veterans & first responders focusing on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health as well as mixed medical and rehabilitative services.”

A team of experts in mental health, PTSD, and rehabilitation clinical services will manage clinical research and innovation activities at the complex.

The Royal Canadian Legion Maple Ridge Branch 88 and the Earl Haig Society donated a combined $600,000 to the project.

“It’s because of donations like these that enable us to invest in innovative technologies … and to advance clinical research studies in the areas of rehabilitation and brain health including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental wellness and other neurological conditions that are significantly impacting veterans, first responders and their families,” said Rowena Rizzotti, project lead for Legion Veterans Village.

The Royal Canadian Legion Maple Ridge Branch 88 together with the Earl Haig Society donated $600,000.

The Legion Veterans Village complex is a $312 million social infrastructure project in Surrey and includes:

  • A mix of 495 market housing condominiums and 91 affordable housing units
  • Centre for Clinical Excellence for veterans and first responders focusing on PTSD and mental health
  • Innovation Centre for Rehabilitation
  • New facility for the Whalley Legion Branch 229

The project is currently under construction in downtown Surrey and is set to be completed in late 2022.

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