By: Arnold Wyrck
And it'll help build a state-of-the art care and rehab center on the center's current location. The new facilities will house a therapeutic aqua pool, resource center, mental health and prosthetics. "If you distribute the weight unequally, like when you're standing up. You're good leg is going to take all the weight, and then you're going to develop hip problems. So with the therapy pool we'll be able to train our veterans how to balance out their weight, by standing differently then they would by using their prosthetic. So that's going to help them out tremendously," says Len Baumgartner Executive Director of Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation.
News of the upcoming specialty care and rehab center has many veterans who use the Marion VA regularly excited about the opportunities it offers them. "If it weren't here I don't think I could have done it on my own, no way," says Robert Rainey of Mount Vernon.
Rainey is Vietnam Veteran suffering from a disease that is destroying his joints. "I'm doing real good with it. And I've been trying to get more mobile to lose more weight. And now they tell me I can get one of these walkers. And I just walked about 50 feet here and she said I did real good. So I'm really proud of myself," Rainey said.
And the resource center could help him achieve that goal too. "This resource center is like education, job opportunities and compensated work therapy. So it's an opportunity for our veteran's to come here and get services they could not get somewhere else. It's going to be kind of a 'one-stop' shop for them," says Rebecca Shinneman of Marion's VA Medical Center.