Tens of thousands of veterans cycle back to the U.S. every year following their deployments. A good percentage of those veterans do not adjust to their civilian lives, however. To help these soldiers make smoother transitions, and to help soldiers attain more rewarding post-deployment civilian lives, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created Vet Centers.
Vet Centers number 300 nationwide. For those veterans not near the established Vet Centers, the VA utilizes portable help: 50 Mobile Vet Centers. These Mobile Vet Centers spotlight those areas in which no permanent Vet Centers have been constructed and are staffed not only with counselors, but with other combat veterans who have already adjusted to civilian life.
Last week the VA dispatched a Mobile Vet Center to Fort Benning’s PX to provide combat veterans and their families with:
- Readjustment counseling;
- Education services; and
- Referral services.
The Mobile Vet Centers offer literature and in-person help focusing on all the biggest issues facing veterans today. If veterans approach counselors with questions they cannot answer, those counselors refer those veterans to places where they can get their questions answered. Three topics of literature considered some of the most important are:
- Suicide prevention;
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and
- Substance abuse.
Over 50% of the staff are combat veterans and are in the absolute best place to understand the mindset of the returning veteran seeking help. Most importantly, these people understand how difficult it is to ask for help when dealing with the more emotional aspects of their experiences.
Talking to others who have been in the same position tends to remove some of the hesitancy in asking for help with issues where stigmas have been attached.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.