TULSA – The Tulsa Vet Center staff will host an Open House celebrating 40 years of Vet Center Readjustment Counseling Services on Wednesday, June 12, 4-6 p.m., at 14002 E. 21st Suite 200, Tulsa.

Veterans, family members, elected officials, and the community are invited.

Vet Centers were established by Public Law 96-22 on June 13, 1979, in response to Vietnam combat and era veterans not accessing VA services at the same levels as Korean and World War II veterans.

Today, more than 300 Vet Centers and 80 Mobile Vet Centers provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services, free-of-charge in a safe and confidential environment for eligible veterans, active duty service members including National Guard and Reserve, and their families.

Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are eterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma. Services include, but are not limited to, post-traumatic stress, military sexual trauma, and bereavement counseling; marriage and family therapy; resources for suicide intervention; and assistance with VA benefits.

Veterans and family members who are not able to stop by this event are encouraged to call the Vet Center Call Center at 1-877-WAR VETS (1-877-927-8387). This is an around-the-clock, free, confidential call center where 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.

For more information, contact the Tulsa Vet Center at 918-628-2760 or stop by 14002 E. 21st Suite 200. The hours of operation are Monday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and the first and third Saturdays of the month, noon to 5 p.m.

Veterans in crisis, or friends and family concerned about one, can always connect with caring, qualified responders at VA’s Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, text 838255, or www.veteranscrisisline.net.

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