The Vet Center is one consistent bright light in my history with VA. The moment I walked into the Vet Center I felt the difference, I felt welcomed, appreciated and respected. My therapists there guided me through some of the most difficult years of my life. Because of the work I did there and the years of patience from my therapist to let me go at my own pace I have a shot at having a happy life with a loving family.
However towards the end of my time at the Vet Center things started to change, it seemed administrative demands were increasing and the importance of veterans care was sliding to second place. I see a private therapist now when needed.
I read this story with sadness, Vet Centers were the one thing the VA seemed to do consistently well, but it appears all that is going by the wayside.
Changing the way Vet Centers help combat veterans is wrong, but I guess a successful history of helping veterans isn’t enough to keep the administrative bs out of the thing.
Then in 2009, he found the Vet Center. “It was like I was born again,” Blickwedel said. At the Vet Center, which is the common name for Readjustment Counseling Services locations, run by the VA but separate from its other facilities, he was catering to the critical needs of veterans, specifically combat veterans with PTSD.