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2/6/2013 2:19:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Mobile Vet Center serves area combat veterans
MOUNT CARMEL - The Mobile Vet Center will be on the Wabash Valley College campus from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 7) in the Main Hall parking lot.

The Mobile Vet Center will be open to all veterans.

Vet Centers serve combat veterans and their families by providing a continuum of quality care that adds value for veterans, families and communities.  Care includes professional readjustment counseling, community education, outreach to special populations and the brokering of services with community agencies. Vet Center officials said the agency provides a key link between the veteran and other services within the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Other services offered include:  Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Counseling, AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction) Counseling and Referral, Job Counseling and Referral, Benefits Counseling and Referral, Individual, Couples/Family and Group Counseling, and Bereavement Counseling.

All matters discussed with clients and staff are treated with the strictest of confidentiality, Vet Center officials said. 

Any information released is based upon legal regulations.  Release of information practices and client rights are explained to Vet Center clientele to insure clientele are fully informed.

Vet Center eligibility includes:  combat veterans - all eras, including:  World War II - Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946; American Merchant Marines - Dec. 7, 1941 to Aug. 15, 1945; Korean War - June 27, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955; Vietnam War - Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975; Lebanon - Aug. 25, 1982 to Feb. 26, 1984; Grenada - Oct. 23, 1983 to Nov. 21, 1983; Panama, Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990; Persian Gulf - Aug. 2, 1990 - current; Somalia - Sept. 17, 1992 - current; Bosnia - Nov. 21, 1995 to Nov. 1, 2007; Kosova - March 24 - current; OEF - Oct. 7, 2001 - current; OIF - March 19, 2003 to Feb. 17, 2010; and Operation New Dawn - 2010 - current.

In 1979, Congress mandated the establishment of Vet Centers to provide readjustment counseling services to Vietnam era Combat Veterans who were experiencing problems adjusting from military life to civilian life after having served during war times. 

Due to the success of the Vet Center in addressing the needs of Combat Veterans, the program was expanded to include veterans who served in post-Vietnam conflicts as well as WW II and Korean War veterans and those who have experienced sexual harassment/trauma in the military.

Today there are around 300 Vet Centers and 50 Mobile Vet Centers located throughout the United States and its territories. 


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