VA Vet Center Staff Ready to Serve Veterans Through Outreach Events Along the Coast

Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center staff members across the region (Biloxi, Miss., Mobile, Ala., Pensacola, Okaloosa County, and Bay County, Fla.) along with their Mobile Vet Center outreach vehicle, will offer free readjustment counseling services to interested Veterans and active duty service members in the following counties:

Oct. 8th — Hancock County, Mississippi – 854 Hwy. 90, Bay Saint Louis, Miss., 39520

Oct. 9th — Washington Parish, La. – American Legion Hall, 63349 Hwy. 10, Bogalusa, La., 70429

Oct. 10th — St. Tammany Parish, La. – Health/Information fair, Slidell VA Clinic, 60491 Doss Dr. Suite B., Slidell, La., 70460

Oct. 16th — Harrison County, Miss. – Hiller Park, 380 Hiller Dr., Biloxi, Miss. 39531, Homeless Veterans Stand Down

Oct. 24th — Escambia County, Fla. – 790 Veterans Way, Pensacola, Fla., 32507, Homeless Veterans Stand Down

The Vet Center staff’s participation in the events above will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of their ongoing VA2VETS outreach campaign.

Other helpful information about Vet Centers:

In addition to Veterans, active duty service members who served in a combat or war zone are now eligible to receive counseling at Vet Centers. The services offered include:

•Individual, group, and family readjustment counseling to assist Veterans and 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 Veterans and 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: DD214, 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: 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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