Vet Centers – Champions for Veterans

Look, May is Mental Health month, and there is no better place for veterans and active military to begin your healing than at your local Vet Center. Truly.

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Service Message Surprise Commercial during NBC’s Night Shift Vet Centers:
NBC’s Night Shift highlights work of VA Vet Centers.

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services including professional readjustment counseling to Veterans and active duty Servicemembers, 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 while serving on active military duty
* Provided direct emergent medical care or mortuary services, while serving on active military duty, to the casualties of war
* 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 Centers are able to create Veteran to Veteran connections as over 72 percent of Vet Center staff are Veterans and a majority of those individuals have served in combat zones.

Vet Center services are also provided to family members of Veterans and Servicemembers 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.

If you can’t make it to a Vet Center in person, the Vet Center Combat Call Center 1-877-WAR-VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where those that served and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issues they are facing in their readjustment. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as family members of combat Veterans. The call center has warm handoff capabilities with all Vet Centers, the National Crisis Hotline and the National Caregiver Hotline.

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter; or you can follow her at The Crafty Veteran on Bloglovin

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