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Have you tried going to the Vet Center ? I did and I’m glad.



I haven’t been to the Vet Center in a few years. My therapist there transferred and I moved to the civilian sector. The transition from one to the other was about as seamless as I could have hoped for thanks to my Vet Center therapist. She set me up for success with my new therapist and with myself. I had been in regular therapy since 1991 in California but in 1998 I moved to Missouri and a psych doc recommended I try the Vet Center.
The atmosphere and attitude was far removed from the hospital setting. I felt like even if they weren’t happy to see me they were polite enough to look like they were and I was cool with that.
It made a real difference for me, it might be worth it for you … If you are eligible (see below) and in need check for the closest Vet Center here.

Here’s a little history

The Vet Center Program was established by Congress in 1979 out of the recognition that a significant number of Vietnam era vets were still experiencing readjustment problems.  Vet Centers are community based and part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  In April 1991, in response to the Persian Gulf War, Congress extended the eligibility to veterans who served during other periods of armed hostilities after the Vietnam era.  Those other periods are identified as Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, and Kosovo/Bosnia.  In October 1996, Congress extended the eligibility to include WWII and Korean Combat Veterans. The goal of the Vet Center program is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.  On April 1, 2003 the Secretary of Veterans Affairs extended eligibility for Vet Center services to veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and on June 25, 2003 Vet Center eligibility was extended to veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and subsequent operations within the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).  The family members of all veterans listed above are eligible for Vet Center services as well. On August 5, 2003 VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi authorized Vet Centers to furnish bereavement counseling services to surviving parents, spouses,  children and siblings of service members who die of any cause while on active duty, to include federally activated Reserve and National Guard personnel.

Services

Readjustment counseling is a wide range of psycho social services offered to eligible Veterans, Service members, and their families in the effort to make a successful transition from military to civilian life.  They include:

  • Individual and group counseling for Veterans, Service members, 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.

Veterans Center Eligibility

Any Veterans and active duty Service members, to include members of the National Guard and Reserve components, who:

  • Have served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility*

  • Experienced a military sexual trauma;

  • Provided direct emergent medical care or mortuary services, while serving on active military duty, to the casualties of war, or;

  • Served as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat zone or area of hostility.

  • Vietnam Era veterans who have accessed care at a Vet Center prior to January 1, 2004

    Vet Center services are also provided to family members of Veterans and Service members for military related issues when it is found aid in the readjustment of those that have served. This includes bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death.

Service in combat theater or area of hostility to include but not limited to:

  • World War II (including American Merchant Marines)
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Lebanon
  • Grenada
  • Desert Storm/ Desert Shield
  • Bosnia
  • Kosovo
  • Operations in the former Yugoslavia area
  • Global War on Terrorism
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation New Dawn
Vietnam War Veterans Information

Vietnam War Veterans Information

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