Vet Center Eligibility - Vet Centers (Readjustment Counseling)
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Vet Centers (Readjustment Counseling)

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Vet Center Eligibility

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All Veterans are encouraged to seek Vet Center services. Any Veterans and current Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve components, are eligible if any of the following applies:

  • Have served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility (see footnote)
  • Experienced a military sexual trauma (regardless of gender or service era)
  • Provided mortuary services or direct emergent medical care to treat the casualties of war while serving on active military duty
  • Performed as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat theater or area of hostility
  • Accessed care at a Vet Center prior to Jan. 2, 2013, as a Vietnam-Era Veteran
  • Served on active military duty in response to a national emergency or major disaster declared by the president, or under orders of the governor or chief executive of a state in response to a disaster or civil disorder in that state, or
  • Are a current or former member of the Coast Guard who participated in a drug interdiction operation, regardless of the location.

Vet Center services are also provided to family members of Veterans and Service members for military-related issues when they aid in the readjustment of those who have served. This includes bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death.

Service in combat theater or area of hostility to include but not limited to:
World War II
(including American Merchant Marines)
Korean War
Vietnam War
Lebanon
Grenada
Desert Storm/ Desert Shield
Bosnia
Kosovo
Operations in the former Yugoslavia area
Global War on Terrorism
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Freedom's Sentinel
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation New Dawn