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Veterans returning home traumatized by war has been a societal concern throughout human history. One art exhibit now on display at Atlanta's Eyedrum gallery is taking a very personal look at the world many of our armed forces are returning home to.

The show is called "Left Out," and is a collaboration between husband-and-wife team Carlos Thompson and Morgan Carlisle. Carlisle is board chair at Eyedrum, and Thompson is a writer and veteran of the U.S. Army, with tours in Afghanistan and Haiti under his belt.

Ending veteran homelessness is a federal designation cities or states can earn. Cathryn Marchman, executive director of Partners for H.O.M.E., said the city will soon be applying.
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The city of Atlanta has long set a goal to end veteran homelessness. Now, the city said it’s close to achieving it.

Ending veteran homelessness is a federal designation cities or states can earn. Cathryn Marchman, executive director of Partners for H.O.M.E., said the city will soon be applying.

To get the status, the city has to meet a number of benchmarks, which include identifying homeless veterans and showing that Atlanta has the capacity to place them in housing.

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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta is expanding its location near Emory and also at clinics around the metro area. It's faced criticism in the past for long wait times for services. Officials say the expansion should streamline patient care.

The VA Hospital is adding a new wing for urgent care and another one, where primary care and mental health services will be alongside each other.

Virtual reality headset
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Virtual reality is being used in a lot of new ways.

At Emory University, researchers are using virtual reality to treat veterans who suffered sexual abuse in the military and now have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Inside a dark room, patients wear a head-mounted display, headphones, hold a joystick in their hands and sit on a chair where they can feel vibrations.

As they move their heads, they can see anything above them – like the sky, if they look down, they can see their feet.

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