Vet Centers are a VA provided counseling service. The Vet Center doesn’t feel like VA though.

We have close friends who swear by the counseling they receive at our local Vet Center.

The bottom line is this: If your veteran served in a combat zone and your vet or family has problems with PTSD, drug or alcohol abuse, anger management issues or any of the many other problems that face military and veterans families today, contact your Vet Center right now.

Eligibility to use a Vet Center is pretty simple. The veteran must have served in a war zone. There are some restrictions about exact dates but in general terms these periods apply:

  • WWII
  • KOREAN WAR
  • VIETNAM WAR
  • LEBANON
  • GRENADA
  • PANAMA
  • PERSIAN GULF
  • SOMALIA
  • BOSNIA
  • KOSOVO
  • OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM
  • OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
  • OPERATION NEW DAWN
  • OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR
  • OPERATION JOINT GUARD
  • OPERATION JOINT FORGE

Veterans who participated in one or more of the three successive operations in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, aboard U.S. Naval vessels operating in the Adriatic Sea, or air spaces above those areas).

Veterans who served or have served in Kosovo either in its waters or airspace after March 24, 1999, and before a terminal date yet to be established.

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM – Veterans who serve or have served in military expeditions to combat terrorism on or after September 11, 2001 and before a terminal date yet to be established. Includes OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM & OPERATION NEW DAWN.

If you have questions about eligibility, contact the Vet Center and ask.
Have a look at the Vet Center Home Page.

What services are available?

Help is waiting there for you.

Readjustment Counseling

A wide range of psycho social services are offered to eligible Veterans and their families in the effort to make a successful transition from military to civilian life.

  • Individual and group counseling for Veterans and their families
  • Family counseling for military related issues
  • Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
  • Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
  • Outreach and education including PDHRA, community events, etc.
  • Substance abuse assessment and referral
  • Employment assessment & referral
  • VBA benefits explanation and referral
  • Screening & referral for medical issues including TBI, depression, etc.

Family members of combat veterans have been eligible for Vet Center readjustment counseling services for military related issues since 1979.

If the vet served in any combat zone and received a military campaign ribbon (Vietnam, Southwest Asia, OEF, OIF, etc.) your family is eligible for Vet Center services.

SEXUAL TRAUMA AND HARASSMENT COUNSELING

Veterans of both sexes, all eras Vet Center services include individual readjustment counseling, referral for benefits assistance, group readjustment counseling, liaison with community agencies, marital and family counseling, substance abuse information and referral, job counseling and placement, sexual trauma counseling, and community education.

Veterans of both sexes, all eras Vet Center services include individual readjustment counseling, referral for benefits assistance, group readjustment counseling, liaison with community agencies, marital and family counseling, substance abuse information and referral, job counseling and placement, sexual trauma counseling, and community education.

BEREAVEMENT COUNSELING

Bereavement counseling is offered to parents, siblings, spouses and children of Armed Forces personnel who die in the service to our country. Also eligible are family members of Reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on federally activated duty.

Don’t delay. Click here for the Vet Center nearest to you.