VA Counseling Services

Career Counseling

VA provides outreach and readjustment counseling services through 300 community-based Vet Centers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and America Samoa.

Who Is Eligible For Readjustment Counseling?

Readjustment counseling is available to any veteran or active duty servicemember, including guard or reserve member who:

  • Served in any combat theater

  • Experienced military sexual trauma

  • Provided direct medical care or mortuary services

  • Served as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to combat operations.

  • Is a Vietnam-era veteran who accessed care at a Vet Center prior to Jan. 1, 2004

Vet Center services are also provided to family members of veterans and servicemembers for military related issues when it can aid in the readjustment of those that have served.

There is also bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death.

Services Offered

Vet Center counselors provide individual, group, and family readjustment counseling to combat veterans to assist them in making a successful transition from military to civilian life; to include treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and help with any other military related problems that affect functioning within the family, work, school or other areas of everyday life. Other psycho-social services include outreach, education, medical referral, homeless Veteran services, employment, VA benefit referral, and the brokering of non-VA services. The Vet Centers also provide military sexual trauma counseling to veterans of both genders and of any era of military service.

Family Bereavement Counseling

Bereavement counseling is available through VA's Vet Centers to all immediate family members (including spouses, children, parents, and siblings) of servicemembers who die while serving on active duty. This includes federally-activated members of the National Guard and reserve components.

Vet Center bereavement services for surviving family members of Servicemembers may be accessed by calling (202) 461-6530.

Vet Center Combat Call Center 

The Vet Center Combat Call Center (877-WAR-VETS) is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat veterans from several eras as well as family members of combat veterans. For additional information visit

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