VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Vet Centers offer readjustment counseling
Vet Centers across the country provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to combat Veterans and their families. Vet Centers guide Veterans and their families through many of the major adjustments in lifestyle that often occur after a Veteran returns from combat. Services for a Veteran may include individual and group counseling in areas such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), alcohol and drug assessment, and suicide prevention referrals. All services are free of cost and are strictly confidential.
There are four Vet Centers in Connecticut:
Danbury Vet Center – The Atrium Building, 457 North Main Street, 1st floor
203-790-4000 or 877-927-8387
Norwich Vet Center– 2 Cliff Street
860-887-1755 or 860-877-1755
New Haven Vet Center, 291 South Lambert Road (located in Orange)
Hartford Vet Center, 25 Elm Street, Suite A (located in Rocky Hill)
What is readjustment counseling?
Readjustment counseling is a wide range of psycho social services offered to eligible Veterans, Service members, and their families in the effort to make a successful transition from military to civilian life. They include:
• Individual and group counseling for Veterans, Service members, and their families
• Family counseling for military related issues
• Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
• Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
• Outreach and education including PDHRA, community events, etc.
• Substance abuse assessment and referral
• Employment assessment & referral
• VBA benefits explanation and referral
• Screening & referral for medical issues including TBI, depression, etc.
Does VA have readjustment counseling for family members?
Family members of combat Veterans and Service members have been eligible for Vet Center readjustment counseling services for military related issues since 1979.
Am I eligible for Vet Center readjustment counseling?
If you, or a family member, served in any combat zone and received a military campaign ribbon (Vietnam, Southwest Asia, OEF, OIF, etc.) then both you and your family are eligible for Vet Center services.
Where is counseling offered?
VA's readjustment counseling is provided at community-based Vet Centers located in easily accessible neighborhoods near Veterans, Service members, and their families, yet separate from VA organizational sites to ensure confidential counseling and reduce barriers to care. All Vet Center services are prepaid through military service. Connecticut Vet Centers are located in Danbury, Norwich, Orange and Rocky Hill.
Are Vet Centers open during non-traditional hours?
Yes, all Vet Centers maintain non-traditional appointment schedules, after normal business hours, to accommodate the schedules of Veterans, Service members, and their family members.
Any Veterans and active duty Service members, to include members of the National Guard and Reserve components, who:
• Have served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility*
• Experienced a military sexual trauma;
• Provided direct emergent medical care or mortuary services, while serving on active military duty, to the casualties of war, or;
• Served as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat zone or area of hostility.
• Vietnam Era veterans who have accessed care at a Vet Center prior to January 1, 2004
Vet Center services are also provided to family members of Veterans and service members for military related issues when it is found to aid in the readjustment of those that have served. This includes bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death.