Navigation Links
VA Has Added 20 New Vet Centers
Date:2/27/2008

Peake: Expansion Comes a Year Early to Help Combat Vets

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake today said an expansion by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of its Vet Centers, which provide readjustment counseling and outreach services to returning combat veterans, is well ahead of schedule.

In February 2007, VA announced it would open 23 new centers during the next two years. Fifteen of those centers are already operational, and five others are seeing patients in temporary facilities while finalizing their leases. The other three facilities will begin operations later this year.

"Building on our past successes, 2008 will see a permanent increase in the number of Vet Centers, as we bring the remaining facilities on line to reach a record 232 Vet Centers by the end of the year," Peake said.

"To support this expansion and augment the staff at 61 existing Vet Centers, this year we are channeling a 44 percent increase in funding to the Readjustment Counseling Service, which operates the Vet Centers -- nearly $50 million more than last year's budget," he added.

The community-based Vet Centers are a key component of VA's mental health program, providing veterans with mental health screening and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counseling, along with help for family members dealing with bereavement and loved ones with PTSD.

The 15 new Vet Centers that are open in permanent locations are in Binghamton, N.Y.; Middletown, N.Y.; Watertown, N.Y.; Hyannis, Conn.; DuBois, Pa.; Gainesville, Fla.; Melbourne, Fla.; Macon, Ga.; Manhattan, Kansas; Escanaba, Mich.; Saginaw, Mich.; Grand Junction, Colo.; Baton Rouge, La.; Killeen, Texas; and Las Cruces, N.M.

Five additional Vet Centers are providing services in temporary space while they finalize their leases: They are in Toledo, Ohio; Ft. Myers, Fla.; Montgomery, Ala.; Everett, Wash.; and Modesto, Calif.

The final three locations where Vet Centers will open for clients later this year are in Berlin, N.H., Nassau County, N.Y., and Fayetteville, Ark.

Vet Centers provide counseling on employment, plus services on family issues, education and outreach, to combat veterans and their families. Vet Centers are staffed by small teams of professional counselors, outreach specialists and other specialists, many of whom are combat veterans themselves.

VA's Vet Centers have hired 100 combat veterans back from Iraq and Afghanistan as outreach specialists, often placing them near military processing stations, to brief servicemen and women leaving the military about VA benefits.

These outreach specialists meet with returning veterans, work through family assistance centers and visit military installations to carry the message that VA will be there for the troops and family members after discharge.


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Corals added to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species for first time
2. Halozyme Therapeutics Added to Nasdaq Biotech Index
3. Thalidomide Added to Standard Therapy Prolongs Overall Survival in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Patients Over Age 75
4. An Event Added to Celebrate and Empower North Carolina Women
5. Blood pressure drug may have added benefit
6. PainCare Receives $14.4 Million in Cash From Completed Sale of South Florida Ambulatory Surgery Centers
7. Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers Set to Launch This Fall
8. Navitas Opens New Cancer Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque in Conjunction With New Mexico Cancer Centers
9. Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Nonprofit Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Statistical Methods, and Pay-For-Performance Highlighted In the Latest INQUIRY Journal
10. Service-to-Sales Transformation at Contact Centers Hinges on Soft Skills
11. The First Incisionless Transoral Fundoplication for Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux is Performed in the U.S. at Ohio State University and Oregon Health & Science University Medical Centers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... June 27, 2017 , ... Children’s National Health System ... rankings, with its Neonatology program ranking #1 out of more than 1500 neonatal ... to the coveted Honor Roll, a distinction given to the top performing children’s hospitals ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... , ... June 26, 2017 , ... ... Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists, in collaboration with the Fertility Center of California, ... fertility care: PESA (percutaneous epidydimal sperm aspiration) and TESA (percutaneous testicular sperm extraction). ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... New Mexico (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2017 ... ... dysfunction, anorgasmia, and urinary leakage is revolutionizing the way women look and feel ... is tackling the problem of female sexual dysfunction and urinary leakage head on ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2017 , ... KICKICO ... a whitepaper that pledges to solve many catastrophic issues within funding campaigns. KICKICO ... , The typical notion of crowdfunding - the raising of funds through the power ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2017 , ... Create a feel-good lyric music video ... above footage and sound in the timeline and write in the lyrics to any song. ... flying back out. Each line of the text can be added modularly for optimal control. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/29/2017)... AVIV, Israel, May 29, 2017  Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. ... innovative technology which enables the functional selection of stem ... results for the first quarter ended March 31 st ... with our accomplishments in the first quarter of 2017," ... first quarter, we announced the treatment of the first ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... May 25, 2017  In response to the opioid ... Direct Relief is working with Pfizer to make up ... no cost to community health centers, free and charitable ... "Pfizer has a long-standing commitment to ... ensuring patient safety through educational activities," said Caroline ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... 23, 2017  Leaf Healthcare, recognized for developing ... for pressure ulcer prevention, will unveil its comprehensive ... Critical Care Nurses, National Teaching Institute and Critical ... The Leaf Patient Monitoring System is the first ... environment.  The system seamlessly tracks patient movement throughout ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: