The Feathered Friends Program at the West L.A. Campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs gives veterans a chance to work through their issues by caring for orphaned exotic birds. The campus has an exotic-bird rescue facility on its sprawling 387-acre campus. It houses 21 aviaries with nearly 40 parrots that are part of a unique animal-assisted therapy program for veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, alcoholism and other ailments. The program's back-to-nature approach is credited with its success with veterans coping with many psychological issues.
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