Resources for Veterans and their Families

Veteran

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Description

VA provides eligible Veterans and their families readjustment counseling through 300 Vet Centers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and Guam.

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services including professional readjustment counseling to Veterans and families, military sexual trauma counseling, and bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death.

A core value of the Vet Center program is to promote access to care by helping Veterans and families overcome barriers that impede them from using those services. For example, all Vet Centers have availability during non-traditional hours after normal business hours as well as on Saturdays. All services are without time limitation and at no cost to the Veteran. All Vet Center services are provided to the Veteran and their family without cost or time limitation. All services are prepaid through the Veteran’s service.

Readjustment counseling is a wide range of psychosocial services offered to eligible Veterans and their families in the effort to make a successful transition from military to civilian life. They include:

  • Individual counseling,
  • Group counseling,
  • Family counseling for issues related to the readjustment of the Veteran,
  • Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death,
  • VA medical benefit referral,
  • VBA benefits referral,
  • Employment counseling, guidance, and referrals,
  • Alcohol/ substance abuse assessments and referrals,
  • Information and referral to community resources,
  • Military sexual trauma counseling & referral, and
  • Outreach and Community education
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Vet Center

Requirements

Vet Centers provide services to Veterans who have served in any warzone or area of hostility/combat. Vet Center services are also extended to family members who experienced an active duty death (bereavement counseling) and Veterans of any era who has experienced any form of military sexual trauma or harassment. These Veterans are not required to have served in a war zone.

  • All services are without time limitation and at no cost to the Veteran. These services have been prepaid through the Veteran’s military service.
  • Veterans do not need to be enrolled with the VA Medical Centers to use this benefit.
  • Veterans do not need a disability rating or service connection for injuries from either the VA or the DoD, to use a Vet Center.
  • No information will be released to any person or agency without the written consent from the Veteran, except in circumstances averting a crisis.
  • Readjustment counseling services at the Vet Centers are not part of the Basic Medical Benefits Package.

Process

VA’s readjustment counseling is provided at community-based Vet Centers located near Veterans and their families. All Vet Center services are prepaid through military service. Contact your nearest Vet Center through information provided in the Vet Center Directory or listings in your local blue pages. Vet Center staff are available toll-free and around the clock at 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387).

Local Information

Vet Center Naples
2705 Horseshoe Drive South
Suite 204-Naples Fl. 34104
phone 239 403-2377

David Soldano
Veteran Outreach Program Specialist Naples Vet Center
USMC Corporal/E4
Phone (239) 652-403-2377

Vet Center Fort Meyers
4110 Center Pointe Drive, Unit 204
Ft Meyers Fl.33916
Phone (239) 652-1861

Scott Hartford
Veterans Outreach Program Specialist
Fort Meyers Vet Center
USA/USCG CWO2 ( RET)
Phone: (239)652-1861

Veteran Crisis Hotline: 1 (800) 273- 8255

Combat Call Center:  1 (877) 927-8387

VA Clinics in Naples and Cape Coral. Veterans can go to VA Clinics Locally to determine eligibility for health care through registration.

These facilities also have employees who work in Homeless Veteran Programs and other Veteran related programs that continuously have events that relate to Veterans and their needs.

VA Clinic in Naples
800 Goodlette Road
Naples Fl.
Phone: (239) 659-9188

VA Clinic Cape Coral
2489 Diplomat Parkway East
Cape Coral, Fl
Phone : (239) 652-1800

 

VA Clinics have Mental Health Licensed Clinicians that assist with mental health issues.

*Vet Centers have Mental Health Licensed Clinicians that assist with mental health issues that directly relate to PTSD due to combat exposure and military sexual Trauma.

*Vet Centers also assist with  Marital/Couples counseling and Bereavement counseling.

*Vet Centers have individual and group sessions for active-duty and veterans.

*** Local Food Pantry is available for veterans on every Thursday at the VA Clinic in Cape Coral. Hours of Operation are 9 am – 11 am

Please contact the VA Clinic at (239) 652 – 1800 with any questions

 

 

VBA Regional Office is in St. Petersberg, Fl. and they are the regional office for the Department of Veterans Affairs that assist with veteran Claims.

    • VBA Regional Office: 1 (800) 827-1000
    • Best Time to contact is 8 am

Veteran Service offices assist with the claims process to determine medical or mental issues relating to military service.

Veterans Service Office
3339 Tamiami Trail East
Building H, Suite 212
Naples Fl.
Phone: (239) 252-8387

Veteran Service Office
VA Clinic Main Floor

Report at 8 am to be seen early

Lee County Human & Veteran Services
2440 Thompson Street
Fort Meyers, Fl.
Phone: (239) 533-8381

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