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Parrot Serenity

This veterans hospital brings hopes with birds

By Bonnie Jay

Serenity Park provides hope and happiness to both parrots and veteransLos Angeles, Calif., has approximately 20,000 homeless veterans, many of who are troubled by post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, mental illness and chronic medical problems. Los Angeles also has one of the largest number of homeless parrots, as well as parrots in need of special care because of traumas suffered at the hands of humans.

Put these wounded, trauma-stricken individuals together, and you have a Serenity Park, a work program conceived and established by Lorin Lindner, Ph.D., at the Veterans Administration (VA) in Los Angeles. Serenity Park is an ecotherapy program for U.S. Veterans, and is part of another program run by Lindner called New Directions.

**For the full article, pick up the October 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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