by Rachel Droze
Thursday, June 14th 2018
DECATUR, Ill. (WRSP) — About 200 people came out for a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate the Decatur Community Based Outpatient Clinic, which moved from the east side of the city to the west side.
Decorated war hero James Hurd, who risked his life serving in the jungles of Vietnam, made the ceremonial cut.
"I went through several bad times over there,” Hurd said.
Hurd's introduction triggered his PTSD.
"Any reminder of [Vietnam] brings tears to my eyes 50 years later,” Hurd said.
In addition to helping with Hurd’s physical ailments, the VA clinics in Decatur and Danville also help with his mental health.
“I suffer from Post Traumatic Syndrome as a lot of Vietnam infantry veterans do,” Hurd said. "After 50 years I can deal with it, but the VA has helped me through it and saved my sanity.”
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