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Martinsville doctor creates Veterans Care Fund

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A Martinsville doctor and disabled veteran makes a difference for soldiers returning home from deployment.

Dr. Alice Farmer came up with "Veterans Care Fund" about two years ago.

Basically, a handful of doctors give their time and expertise to help disabled soldiers after they get home, but before their application is approved by the Veterans Administration.

In an effort to grow the project Dr. Farmer set-up a Go Fund Me page.

With donations they can help veterans get to and from appointments and recruit more doctors to help.  

She says right now the primary concern is getting veterans psychological care while their paperwork goes through.

“If you do have an injury to where you lose a limb or have a traumatic brain injury basically everybody knows they're going to get disability.  PTSD, since it's a psychological problem, that isn't really measured and sometime doesn't even come to the surface for even 10 years,” Dr. Farmer explained.

Dr. Farmer says Veteran's Care Fund basically helps out for a 3-6 month time frame.

So far, about 40 soldiers have benefited.

If you’re interested in helping log on to http://www.gofundme.com/theveterancarefund.

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