VA’s Vet Centers to host open houses to celebrate initiative’s 40th anniversary

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will host open houses on the coming months to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its Vet Centers, which provide readjustment counseling for eligible Veterans, service members and their families.

“Vet Centers have a longstanding legacy of building trust, fostering community and providing confidential counseling, outreach and referral,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “I’m proud to say I’ve seen firsthand how Vet Center staff are changing the lives of those they serve.”

Centers in Southern California hosting open houses include:

Antelope Valley Vet Center – Sept. 27, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
38925 Trade Center Drive, Suite I/J, Palmdale

Bakersfield Vet Center – June 14, 9 a.m.
1110 Golden State Ave., Bakersfield

Chatsworth Vet Center – June 20, 1-4 p.m.
20946 Devonshire St., Suite 101, Chatsworth

Chico Vet Center
– June 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
250 Cohasset Rd., Suite 40, Chico

East Los Angeles Vet Center – June 14, noon-4 p.m.
5400 East Olympic Blvd., Suite 140, Commerce

West Los Angeles Vet Center – June 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
5730 Uplander Way, Suite 1000, Culver City

The readjustment counseling program was established by Congress on June 13, 1979, to support the significant number of Vietnam-era Veterans, to include those with combat experience, who were not accessing VA services at the same levels as Korean and World War II Veterans. Public Law 96-22 amended Title 38 USC to establish authority for VA to provide readjustment counseling as a new category of service. The role of this new program was to assist Vietnam Veterans and their families in making the transition from traumatic war-time experiences to civilian life within their home communities.

Today, confidential readjustment counseling services are provided at 300 Vet Centers, 80 Mobile Vet Centers, numerous outstations and access points, as well as 24/7 support through its Call Center. Counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are ready to assist eligible Veterans, active-duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families with a range of socioeconomic and psychological services. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling are offered, in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services at no charge. Last fiscal year, nearly 300,000 unique Veterans and active duty service members received Vet Center services.

For a complete listing of Vet Center open houses, visit https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/openhouses.asp