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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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The Atlanta VA Medical Center says it plans to expand healthcare services for women at its Fort McPherson Campus. The expansion comes as some female veterans express concerns about the types of services available to women at the Atlanta VA.

On Friday, a crowd gathered to celebrate the expansion of veterans’ services at Fort McPherson. One of the newer services is a center focusing on reproductive care, mental health and other medical services for female veterans.

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Military members used to work at Fort McPherson before it closed as a military installation. Now, it’s somewhere they can receive treatment. The Atlanta VA Medical Center has just expanded its mental health and substance abuse services in a renovated clinic located on the former army base in East Point.

Dr. Michael Martin gives a tour of the new 75,000 square foot clinic located at Fort McPherson.

“We have two psychiatrists, two psychologists, two social workers and two nurses, and then me as the administrator. We have two group rooms.

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A top official with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs testified in Atlanta Wednesday during a Senate field hearing led by Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. The hearing was held in response to two suicides and another patient who died of a drug overdose at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. The three deaths were linked to mismanagement in the Center’s mental health programs in two reports issued by the Inspector General.

Isakson Holds VA Hearing

Aug 7, 2013

An official with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says the department is taking aggressive action after deaths at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. The official made those comments today during a packed field hearing held by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson at Georgia State University.

The VA official says the action includes holding employees accountable. The Veterans Affairs department said at least two employees were allowed to retire following the deaths at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.