VA Vet Center’s outreach campaign continues through August - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
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Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System


VA Vet Center’s outreach campaign continues through August

August 1, 2016

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 their free readjustment counseling services to interested Veterans and active duty throughout the region during the month of August.

These upcoming events are part of the ongoing Vet Centers’ outreach campaign. Here are the dates and locations of the August events (events are between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise denoted):

Aug. 5 : Winn Dixie Market, 4478 Market St., Marianna, FL 32446.
Aug. 5: Career Source Okaloosa Walton, 409 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach FL, 32536.
Aug. 6: Community Festival: Health Fair, Back to School Outreach Services, 24 Bass Ave SW Fort Walton Beach FL, 32548.
Aug. 10: Mobile State Dept. Bay Haas Bldg, 205 Government St., Mobile AL, 36602.
Aug. 10: Blue Angels Air Show, 1750 Radford Blvd., NAS Pensacola, FL, 32508.
Aug. 11: Blue Angels Air Show, 1750 Radford Blvd., NAS Pensacola, FL, 32508.
Aug. 12: Bass Pro Shop, 20000 Bass Pro Drive, Spanish Fort, AL, 36527.
Aug. 16: Harrison County Armed Forces Retirement Home, 1800 Beach Dr., Gulfport, MS, 39507.
Aug. 17: Jackson County, Walmart Supercenter, 4253 Denny Ave., Pascagoula, MS, 39581.
Aug. 18: Pearl River County, Walmart Supercenter, 235 Frontage Rd., Picayune, MS, 39466.
Aug. 19: Pine Brook Shopping Center 3964 Airport Blvd., Mobile AL, 36608.
Aug. 23: Mobile Aerospace Engineering (MAE): 2100 9th St, Mobile, AL, 36615.
Aug. 24: Starbucks, 3075 Government Blvd., Mobile, AL, 36606.
Aug. 25: University of West Florida, Back to School Event, Military and Veterans Resource Center, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL, 32514.
Aug. 25: Heroes Among US: Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park, Bayfront Parkway near 9th Ave, Pensacola, FL, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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: Veterans can speak confidentially with a Vet Center counselor at any time by calling 1-877-WAR-VETS (877-927-8387).