On Saturday, October 15, Midland Vet Center will partner with Midland College (MC) and Permian Basin Military Partners Coalition for a Veterans Benefits & Resources Fair from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Scharbauer Student Center on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield in Midland. Veterans and their families are invited to stop by during the day for information about services in the Midland community. Representatives from West Texas VA Health Care System and Waco VA Regional Office (VA benefits) will be present.
The Mobile Vet Center (MVC) from Amarillo will also be on-site for tours and information. The MVC is 20-foot community outreach vehicle equipped with two confidential counseling rooms where Vet Center counselors can meet privately with Veterans and family members to provide mental health counseling. VA operates 75 Mobile Vet Centers nationwide to enhance all three primary Vet Center functions of outreach, direct service delivery, and referral.
The Midland Vet Center is approximately 2365 square feet including two group rooms and three offices used for readjustment counseling. The center has a well-trained core staff comprised of social workers, counselors, an outreach specialist, and an administrator, many of whom have served in the military. The center is open Monday- Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the 1st Saturday of the month from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Located separately from the VA medical center, Vet Centers provide readjustment (counseling) services to Veterans who have served in any combat theater and or experienced Military Sexual Trauma. Appointments are encouraged but not required to be seen the same day. These services include individual, group, and family counseling as well as treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bereavement, and victims of military sexual trauma. The center uses research-supported treatment methods designed to improve and help sustain the quality of life for Veterans, their families, and significant others during the readjustment process.
Established in 1979, the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center program operates a system of 300 community based counseling centers nationwide. All veterans who served in combat zones 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.