VA Vets Center VA2VETS Outreach Campaign Continues through June

Contributor: Rachael Thomas
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Updated: 6/03 2:26 pm
Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center staff members across the region (Biloxi, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola and Okaloosa County, Fla.) along with their Mobile Vet Center outreach vehicle, will offer their free readjustment counseling services to interested Veterans and active duty throughout the region during the month of June.

These upcoming events are part of the Vet Centers’ VA2VETS outreach campaign. Here are the June VA2VETS events details:

June 6th – Mobile County, Ala.; Pets For Patriots Pet Adoption Event, Mobile Vet Center, 3221 Springhill Ave., Building 2, Suite C, Mobile, Ala., 36607; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 10th - Washington County, Ala.; Chatom Action Center, Highway 56 E. Pelham Street, Chatom, Ala., 36518; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 11th – Greene County, Miss.; Piggly Wiggly, 816 Main Street, Leakesville, Miss, 39451; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 12th – George County, Miss.; Wal-Mart, 11228 Old 63 South, Lucedale, Miss., 39452; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 16th – Baldwin County, Ala.; Satellite Courthouse, 201 East Section Street, Foley, Ala., 36535; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 24th – Escambia County, Ala.; American Legion Post 90, 1010 West Church Street, Suite A, Atmore, Ala., 36502; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 25th – Covington County, Ala.; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 1841 North Main Street, Opp, Ala., 36467 (take Highway 331 North towards Brantley, Ala.); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 26th – Geneva County, Ala.; Geneva County Courthouse, 200 North Commerce Street, Geneva, Ala., 36340; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other helpful information about Vet Centers:

Effective immediately, active duty service members who served in a combat or war zone will be able to get counseling at Vet Centers. The services offered include:

•Individual, group, and family readjustment counseling to assist active duty service members in making a successful transition from combat, to garrison, or civilian life.
•Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment and help with other related problems that affect functioning within the family, work, school or other areas of everyday life.
•Military sexual trauma counseling for active duty service members of both genders.

Service members will be required to provide documentation by their third visit indicating they have served in a combat or war zone to continue counseling. A copy of one of the following documents will meet this requirement: deployment demobilization order, enlisted record brief, officer record brief, or an award citation indicating service member served in a combat zone. These services are also available to family members of active duty combat service members, as well as any combat Veteran.

Vet Center staff respects the privacy of all clients, and holds client information in strict confidence. No information will be communicated to any person or agency without written consent except in necessary circumstances to avert a crisis.

For more information on Vet Center services or hours in the Gulf Coast region, please call the Vet Center in your area:
Biloxi Vet Center – 228-388-9938
Mobile Vet Center – 251-478-5906
Pensacola Vet Center -- 850-456-5886
Okaloosa County Vet Center – 850-651-1000
Bay County Vet Center – 850-522-6102

Learn more about VA Vet Centers here: www.vetcenter.va.gov. Veterans can speak confidentially with a Vet Center counselor at any time by calling 1-877-WAR-VETS (877-927-8387).

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