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What is readjustment counseling?

Readjustment counseling is a wide range of psycho social services offered to eligible Veterans, Service members, and their families in the effort to make a successful transition from military to civilian life.  They include:

  • Individual and group counseling for Veterans, Service members, and their families
  • Family counseling for military related issues
  • Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
  • Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
  • Outreach and education including PDHRA, community events, etc.
  • Substance abuse assessment and referral
  • Employment assessment & referral
  • VBA benefits explanation and referral
  • Screening & referral for medical issues including TBI, depression, etc.

Does VA have readjustment counseling for family members?

Family members of combat Veterans and Service members have been eligible for Vet Center readjustment counseling services for military related issues since 1979.

Am I eligible for Vet Center readjustment counseling?

If you, or a family member, served in any combat zone and received a military campaign ribbon (Vietnam, Southwest Asia, OEF, OIF, etc.) then both you and your family are eligible for Vet Center services.

Where is counseling offered?

VA's readjustment counseling is provided at community-based Vet Centers located in easily accessable neighborhoods near Veterans, Service members, and their families, yet separate from VA organizational sites to ensure confidential counseling and reduce barriers to care. All Vet Center services are prepaid through military service. Contact your nearest Vet Center through information provided in the Vet Center Directory or listings in your local blue pages. Vet Center staff are available toll free and around the clock at 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387).

Are Vet Centers open during non-traditional hours?

Yes, all Vet Centers maintain non-traditional appointment schedules, after normal business hours, to accomodate the schedules of Veterans, Service members, and their family members.

A Vietnam Veteran's spouse presented a heart-felt, hand-made memorial collage to Team Leader Thomas Miller of the Fayetteville Vet Center (Arkansas) in appreciation of the quality care that her husband recieves at the Fayetteville Vet Center. (For more information on the Fayetteville Vet Center, please explore The variety of care at all Vet Centers include professional readjustment counseling, bereavement counseling, outreach services to homeless Veterans, and military sexual trauma (MST) counseling. Vet Center teams also provide key access to link Veterans with other services within the Department of Veteran Affairs. Please use the Vet Center Location Finder to find the nearest community-based Vet Center near you.