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Alexandria, LA Vet Center

We offer confidential help for Veterans, service members, and their families at no cost in a non-medical setting. Our services include counseling for needs such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the psychological effects of military sexual trauma (MST). We can also connect you with more support in VA and your community.

Locations and contact information

Main Location

5803 Coliseum Boulevard
Suite D
Alexandria, LA 71303

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Hours

  • Mon. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tue. 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wed. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thu. 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Fri. 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed
MVC

Other locations

Vet Centers are community based to be more accessible in areas where you live.

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We also have non-traditional hours that change periodically given our community’s needs. Please call us to find out more.

Need help after hours?

Our call center is available 24/7. Call us anytime at 877-927-8387.

Prepare for your visit

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First time visitor? Stop by during our office hours or give us a call and let's discuss how we can help.

Many of our services are available on a walk-in basis.

Please call 318-466-4327 to schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians.

Non-traditional hours are available. 

Our address is 5803 Coliseum Blvd, Suite D and we are located on the East bound side of Hwy 28 in the Colonade Plaza between Koal's BBQ and the LeBistro Coffee.  The Alexandria DMV and Coliseum are across from our plaza on the West bound side of Hwy 28.  

You do not need to be registered for care at VA. On your first visit, we will look for one or more of the following:

  • Discharge documents (such as a DD214)
  • Receipt of certain awards
  • Deployment orders
  • Other documents that show qualifying military service

Request your military service records online.

If you don’t have these documents on-hand, come in and we can work with you to establish your eligibility and answer any questions you might have.

We are located in a shopping center, so there is ample, free parking available for Vet Center clients.

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Counseling services

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We offer couples and family counseling to support you as you work toward meeting your goals.

Call us for a consultation to assess you and your family's needs.

We’re here to support you if someone close to you has died or you’re adjusting to a difficult life change.

We know that losing someone creates many adjustments in your life.  Because it is often difficult, we offer bereavement counseling to loved ones of active duty service members who have passed.

If you’re struggling with issues like PTSD, depression, grief, anger, or trauma, we offer counseling and other support. We’ll work with you to help you achieve your personal goals.

We also specialize in working with the unique needs of active duty service members, female Veterans, and Veterans from all eras who meet our criteria of service.

We commonly address the following concerns:

  • Anxiety and stress reactions
  • Depression and lack of motivation
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Anger, aggressive behavior, and reckless behaviors
  • Overuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Difficulties adjusting to civilian life following a deployment or activation

Here are some of the evidence-based treatments we offer:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Person Centered Therapy (PCT)

If you experienced sexual assault or harassment during military service, we can help you get the counseling you need. Any Veteran or service member, including members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, who experienced military sexual trauma is eligible to receive counseling. This applies to people of all genders from any service era.

Like other types of trauma, MST can negatively affect a person’s mental and physical health, even many years later.  We are here to support you in whatever way will help you best. Our therapists are specifically trained and ready to help.  Individual and group counseling is available in-person or virtually for your convenience.

If you have symptoms of PTSD after a traumatic event, we can help. We offer assessment and support through private counseling and group therapy. We can also refer you to VA or community counseling for treatment and therapy resources.

If you're feeling on edge and on guard, having trouble with sleep, motivation, or mood, or just feeling unlike yourself following a major event or critical incident, we can teach you tools to manage these problems and get back on track. Asking for help takes courage and we provide the private, comfortable setting with expert counselors to help you take that next step.

At the Alexandria, LA Vet Center, our counselors are trained in helping Veterans, service members and their families heal from trauma. Individual and group counseling is available in-person or virtually for your convenience.

If you’re returning from military service, we’ll help you transition to civilian life. We can connect you with educational and career counseling, mental health services, and other programs and benefits that will support your transition.

We recognize that completing military service can come with a variety of new challenges. Navigating the VA system and other benefits alone can be overwhelming.  We can provide assistance getting connected to the appropriate resources for: 

  • Enrollment in VA healthcare benefits
  • Filing a military-related disability claim
  • Connection to employment opportunities
  • Using VA Education Benefits
  • Using your VA Home Loan
  • Connecting to state benefits and services

Referral services

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We can help you overcome substance use problems, from unhealthy alcohol use to life-threatening addiction. We'll connect you to services for your specific needs.

Unhealthy substance use often goes hand in hand with PTSD, depression, or stress. We can help you understand how problematic drinking and drug use might be related to other stressors in your life.  We can teach you how to take control over your substance use. Also, we can connect you to more intensive or comprehensive substance use treatment programs within VA or with an local community provider if needed.

Call our Veterans Crisis Line at 988 (select 1) to get support anytime day or night. This service is private, free, and available 24/7. Our Vet Center can also connect you with ongoing counseling and services.

Our primary focus is your safety!  If you feel hopeless, suicidal, or in need of crisis care, just let your counselor know so you can work together to help you feel safer and more optimistic about your future.  Should you need the Veterans Crisis Line, in addition to calling them, you can also reach them via confidential chat at Veterans Crisis Line or text to 838255.  Together we work to help you stay safe and improve your world.

We can help connect you to VA and community resources that will support you in achieving your goals.

We understand that searching through the vast variety of Veteran resources can be challenging.  Let the Alexandria, LA Vet Center help you navigate these resources.  We can refer, connect, and explain how to gather information on your VA benefits. To learn more about VA benefits and local Veteran agencies that can assist with VA benefits and Veteran programs, please click on the hyperlinks below.

For assistance with: general VA benefits consultation, disability pension survivor/dependency indemnity claims (DIC), appeals, military service records requests, correction applications, discharge status upgrade, burial/funeral reimbursements, education, flag request, and referrals please contact your nearest Veterans Service Office (VSO). 

Other services

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We provide private organizations and community agencies education on our Veteran community and military culture. Together, we build referral networks to expand support for Veterans, service members, and their families.

We are committed to functioning as a focal point for the community to provide briefings and education on military culture and Veteran awareness.  Please call 318-466-4327 if you or your organization is interested in learning more about all the ways to partner with the Alexandria, LA Vet Center.

How we’re different than a clinic

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Vet Centers are small, non-medical, counseling centers conveniently located in your community. They’re staffed by highly trained counselors and team members dedicated to seeing you through the challenges that come with managing life during and after the military.

Whether you come in for one-on-one counseling or to participate in a group session, at Vet Centers you can form social connections, try new things, and build a support system with people who understand you and want to help you succeed.

Vet Center services are available to you at no cost, regardless of discharge character, and without you needing to be enrolled in VA health care or having a service-connected disability. If you’re a Veteran or service member, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, you can access our services if you:

  • Served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility
  • Experienced military sexual trauma (regardless of gender or service era) 
  • Provided mortuary services or direct emergent medical care to treat the casualties of war while serving on active military duty
  • Performed as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat theater or area of hostility
  • Accessed care at a Vet Center prior to January 2, 2013, as a Vietnam-Era Veteran
  • Served on active military duty in response to a national emergency or major disaster declared by the president, or under orders of the governor or chief executive of a state in response to a disaster or civil disorder in that state.
  • Are a current or former member of the Coast Guard who participated in a drug interdiction operation, regardless of the location.
  • Are a current member of the Reserve Components assigned to a military command in a drilling status, including active Reserves, who has a behavioral health condition or psychological trauma related to military service that adversely effects quality of life or adjustment to civilian life.

We encourage you to contact us, even if you’re unsure if you meet these criteria. If we can’t help you, we’ll find someone who will.

Our services are also available to family members when their participation would support the growth and goals of the Veteran or active-duty service member. If you consider them family, so do we. We also offer bereavement services to family members of Veterans who were receiving Vet Center services at the time of the Veteran’s death, and to the families of service members who died while serving on active duty.

No. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA health care or have a service-connected disability.

Safe and confidential. Our records can’t be accessed by other VA offices, the DoD, military units, or other community networks and providers without your permission or unless required to avert a life-threatening situation. Here, you can be as open as you want—there’s absolutely no judgment.