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Vet Centers

Benefit overview

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers. They provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional counseling. Services are for eligible veterans, service members — including Guard and reserve — and their families. Counseling can help make a successful transition from military to civilian life. It is important after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling is offered. Centers can also refer and connect to other VA or community benefits and services. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are veterans themselves are prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma.

How this benefit helps

This benefit offers confidential support for veterans, service members, and their families. Services are at no cost and take place in a relaxed, non-medical setting. Counseling is available for depression, PTSD and the effects of military sexual trauma. Vet Centers can also connect you with more support in the VA and your community. The Vet Centers website helps by allowing you to:

  • Search for Vet Centers and find directions and contact information.
  • Support a successful transition to civilian life or after trauma experienced in the military.
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Vet Centers The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator program helps promote readiness and health.

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How to access this benefit

All Veterans are encouraged to seek Vet Center services. Veterans and current service members are eligible to receive services if they have:

  • Served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility
  • Experienced a military sexual trauma (regardless of gender or service era)
  • Provided mortuary services or treated war casualties while on active duty
  • Performed on an unmanned aerial vehicle crew providing operations support in a combat theater
  • Accessed care at a Vet Center prior to Jan. 2, 2013, as a Vietnam-era veteran
  • Served on active military duty in response to a national emergency or major disaster
  • Served as a Coast Guard member who participated in a drug interdiction operation

Services are available to family members who support the growth and goals of the veteran/service member.

The Vet Centers website provides the ability to search Vet Centers and find directions and contact information.

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