Roscommon Co. Veterans Affairs Combats Depression With Relaxation Room
For veterans, depression is a very real issue.
For the Roscommon County Veterans Affairs director, it’s a battle he takes personally.
VA director Heath Nemeth says he got the idea for the Veterans’ Relaxation Room from serving in Alaska.
The board approved and he transformed an old office room in the VA to be used specifically for vets who need it.
Inside is a large massage chair and a 10,000 lux Vitamin-D light.
He says it’s a little that goes a long way in combatting depression.
“It’s extremely important,” Nemeth says. “To come in, especially in the winters like up here, to get out of the elements and to have a purpose, a main thing, a lot of older veterans wake up in the morning. What do you do in the wintertime? Well, now they can come in here and they can get their Vitamin-D and they can get a massage and relax.”
The Veterans’ Relaxation Room is open every weekday to any veteran from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. inside the Roscommon County Building.