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VA Vet Center’s outreach campaign continues through April
March 31, 2016Department 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 their free readjustment counseling services to interested Veterans and active duty throughout the region during the month of April.
These upcoming events are part of the ongoing Vet Centers’ outreach campaign. Here are the dates and locations of the April events (all events are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.):
April 1: Pinebrook Shopping Center, 3964 Airport Blvd. Mobile, AL, 36608
April 12: Wal-Mart store 6323, 11333 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS, 39503
April 13: Wal-Mart store 6165, 1733 East Pass Rd., Gulfport, MS, 39507
April 14: Walmart Supercenter, 3615 Sangani Blvd, D’Iberville, MS, 39540
April 16: Lyons Park, 180 Lyons Park Ave, Mobile AL, 36604
April 20-21: Destin Warrior Beach, Emerald Grand Hotel, 10 Harbor Blvd, Destin FL, 32541
April 22-23: Panama City Warrior Beach, 14825 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
April 26: Washington County Court House, 45 Court St., Chatom, AL, 36518
April 27: Thunder Beach Spring Rally, Aaron Bessant Park, 500 West Park Place Ave., Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
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).