Stress reaction may be experienced by normal people exposed to abnormally intense amounts of stress, such as encountered in war zones, natural disasters and other catastrophic situation. A delayed stress reaction may surface after many months or years. For some veterans the "road back home" has been difficult.
In order to address the wide range of needs and readjustment problems that any veterans may be encountering, the Vet Center offers the following services.
Group Readjustment counseling
Individual readjustment counseling
Job counseling and placement
Liaison with community agencies
Marital and family counseling
Referral for benefits assistance
Substance abuse information and referral
All services are free to eligible veterans and their families
Vet Centers provide readjustment counseling services to eligible veterans and their families. Services include counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. Services may be provided individually or in groups.
Vet Centers often have arrangements with other community agencies to help ensure that eligible veterans receive the appropriate mix of services to meet individual needs. Agencies involved include Job Services, state and county veterans offices and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Outpatient Clinics and Regional Offices. Vet Center staff can assist veterans in job searches, with applications for benefits and in referrals to inpatient treatment for medical and psychiatric conditions.
Vet Centers are staffed by professionals who have extensive experience and training in providing services needed by veterans. Nationally, over 60% of Vet Centers staff are military veterans