Life isn't always easy after a deployment. That's where Vet Centers can help. Vet Centers across the country provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to combat Veterans and their families. Vet Centers guide Veterans and their families through many of the major adjustments in lifestyle that often occur after a Veteran returns from combat. Services for a Veteran may include individual and group counseling in areas such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), alcohol and drug assessment, and suicide prevention referrals. All services are free of cost and are strictly confidential.
The purpose of Readjustment Counseling Service includes the following:
- Provide outreach counseling services through its service units (Vet Centers) located outside of Medical Centers.
- Utilize a case-finding approach, which involves seeking out eligivle veterans in surrounding communities.
- Provide a community based site for eligible vetrans to receive help with post-war readjustment to civilian life.
- Make appropriate referrals with follow-up to federal, state and local community agencies.
There are 206 Vet Centers with at least one located in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Perto Rico, the U.S. Vigin Islands and Guam.
Service generally provided by the Vet Center include:
- Social Services
- Psychotherapy (individual, group, family)
- Outreach and Networking
- Veterans Benefits Counseling
- Assistance in filing for compensation for disability related to the military
- Bereavement counseling
- Substance abuse counseling
- Community educaiton
- Referrals for basic needs, shelter, financial assistance, etc.