Fort Bliss Expects To Handle More PTSD Cases With Influx Of Soldiers

Dr. John Fortunato helps treat troops with PTSD at Fort Bliss. He said that it is difficult to keep up with the caseload even now.

"We are full," said Fortunato. "We've so far never gone into an overflow experience or a waiting list, but it's going to happen."

Fortunato said they will nearly double their staff of psychologists by the fall.

"We're trying very hard to stay ahead of the curve," said Fortunato. "I don't think there's any possible way in any city, this is going to be a city of 40,000 soldiers, for there not to be incidents. But I think we can do everything we possibly to try to minimize it."

A second outpatient behavioral health clinic for soldiers just opened on Biggs Army Airfield. In preparation of the influx of soldiers, Fortunato said there are plans to build at least three more clinics within the next five years.

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