BACKGROUND OF READJUSTMENT COUNSELING SERVICE
The Vet Center Program was established by Congress in 1979 out of the recognition that a significant number of Vietnam era vets were still experiencing readjustment problems. Vet Centers are community based and part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In April 1991, in response to the Persian Gulf War, Congress extended the eligibility to veterans who served during other periods of armed hostilities after the Vietnam era. Those other periods are identified as Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf and Somalia. In October 1996, Congress extended the eligibility to include WWII and Korean Combat Veterans. Authorization for Vet Centers to provide the full range of readjustment counseling to the veterans who served in Bosnia and Kosovo was approved in May 2000. The goal of the Vet Center program is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.
ELIGIBILITY FOR SERVICES
War Zone Veterans - all eras, including:
World War II - three eligible categories European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (7 Dec 1941 - 8 Nov 1945), Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7 Dec 1941 - 2 Mar 1946) , or American Campaign Medal (7 Dec 1941 - 2 Mar 1946).
Korean War - 27 Jun 1950 - 27 Jul 1954 (eligible for the Korean Service Medal)
Vietnam War - 28 Feb 1961 - 7 May 1975
Vietnam Era Non Theater - 5 Aug 1964 - 7 May 1975
Lebanon - August 26, 1982, to February 26, 1984
Grenada - October 23, 1983, to November 21, 1983
Panama - December 20, 1989, to January 31, 1990
Persian Gulf - August 2, 1990 to present
Somalia - September 5, 1992 to present
Kosovo/Bosnia - November20, 1995 to present
WWII Merchant Marines - December 7, 1941 to August 15, 1945
Women and men of all eras who were sexually harassed or assaulted while on active duty.
Post Traumatic Stress is a normal set of reactions to a trauma such as war, which could be experienced by almost anyone. Sometimes, it becomes a Disorder (PTSD) with the passage of time when feelings or issues related to the trauma are not dealt with, but are suppressed by the individual. This can result in problems readjusting to community life following the trauma. A delayed stress reaction may surface after manty years and include some or all of the following problems:
anger, irritability, and rage
difficulty trusting others
feeling guilt over acts committed or
witnessed, the failure to prevent certain events, or merely having survived
others did not.
hyper alertness and startle reactions
feeling grief or sadness
having thoughts and memories that will not go away
isolation and alienation from others
loss of interest in pleasurable activities
low tolerance to stress
problems with authority
problems feeling good about one self
READJUSTMENT COUNSELING SERVICES
Marital and family counseling
Assistance in applying for VA Benefits
Employment counseling, guidance and referral
information and referral to community resources
Sexual trauma referral services
CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVACY
Vet Center Staff respect the privacy of all veterans. We hold in the strictest confidence all information disclosed in the counseling process. No information will be released to any person or agency without written consent from the client, except in circumstances averting a crisis.
The Sacramento Vet Center
1111 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825
Located on 1111 Howe Ave. between Hurley Way and Northrop Ave. (North of Highway 50) There is a Howe Ave. exit off Highway 50.
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