SHREVEPORT – On Wednesday, October 14, from 9 a.m. – Noon, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Shreveport Vet Center, located in 2800 Youree Drive, Building 1, Suite 105, will host an open house for the community. The Shreveport Vet Center opened its first community location area to veterans in 1985. This open house will be focused around the great work that has occurred over the past 30 years. The Mobile Vet Center 877 will be on display. The event is open to the public.
“The Shreveport Vet Center provides readjustment counseling and community outreach services and is an important resource for Northeast Texas, Southern Arkansas, and Northern Louisiana area veterans and their families” said Vernon Williams, Shreveport Vet Center Team Leader. “Our center is currently staffed by four counselors, an outreach specialist, a Readjustment Counseling Technician, and administrative staff; five served in the military and three are combat veterans themselves,” said Williams.
The Vet Center provides individual counseling for military-related concerns including PTSD and general readjustment stressors, plus marriage and family counseling for military-related issues. The Vet Center can also assist veterans and their families with employment focus, coordinating benefits, education goals, and grieving the loss of a deceased active duty service member.
The Vet Center program was established by Congress in 1979 in recognition that a significant number of Vietnam veterans were still experiencing readjustment problems when they returned from war. Today, all veterans who served in combat and veterans who have been exposed to Military Sexual Trauma are eligible for care at a VA Vet Center at no cost, as are their families who are impacted by the veteran’s readjustment difficulties. Currently, VA maintains 300 Vet Centers in all 50 states and some U.S. Territories.