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Bucks County 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, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the psychological effects of military sexual trauma (MST). We can also connect you with more support within VA and your community.

Locations and contact information

Main Location

2 Canals End Road
Suite 201B
Bristol, PA 19007

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Hours

  • Mon. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tue. 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wed. 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thu. 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed
Building entrance from rear parking lot

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? Call 215-823-4590 or stop by during our office hours to schedule an appointment. We can discuss how we can help you. Many of our services are available on a walk-in basis. Ask about our non-traditional hours.

You don’t need to be enrolled in VA health care, have a service-connected disability or receiving any other VA benefits to be seen at the Vet Center. 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, we can help you obtain them or come in and we can work with you to establish your eligibility and answer any questions you might have.

By car: We’re located downtown in Bristol Boro, on the corner of Old Route 13 and Mill Street. If you use GPS, it will take you to the rear of our building, where you’ll find ample free parking.

By bus: You can access the Vet Center using SEPTA, Route 128, the Oxford Valley Mall route. The closest bus stop to our location is on the corner of Mill Street and Pond Street. From here, travel along Mill Street toward the traffic light at the corner of Mill Street and Old Route 13. Then enter our building at the Canal’s End Plaza entrance, located at 418 Mill Street.

Check the transit map on SEPTA

By train: We’re located less than a mile from the Bristol train station. You can access it through the Trenton Line of SEPTA rail. Once you’re at the train station, go down the stairs, then turn right toward Washington Street. Turn left onto Washington Street. Turn right onto Prospect Street. Turn left onto Beaver Street. Travel approximately 0.4 miles on Beaver Street, then turn right onto Pond Street. Go approximately 0.2 miles, then turn left onto Mill Street. The Canal’s End Plaza entrance will be on your right.

Get more information about the Bristol Station

In the spotlight at Bucks County Vet Center

Counseling services

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

All of our counselors are licensed professional counselors and licensed clinical social workers. They’re trained in working with families and couples, using techniques such as: 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Our counselors understand what families go through when their Veteran or service member loved one is struggling. We’re here for you.

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

Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. We understand this. We’re here to provide emotional support during your journey of grief recovery. This could include:

  • Bereavement counseling for families who have lost a loved one while serving on active duty
  • Grief counseling
  • Contact information for the Veterans Benefits Administration and National Cemetery Administration regarding possible burial and survivor benefits

If you're a Veteran who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, or a related identity, we can help you find counseling, support, and referral services to meet your specific needs.

We strive to foster a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all Veterans and active-duty service members, regardless of race, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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.

Our 3 therapists are either licensed professional counselors or licensed clinical social workers. They have a combined total of over 50 years of experience in working with the Veteran population. We offer both individual and group counseling.

All individual counseling sessions use evidence-based therapies such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

In addition, we also provide group counseling. Some examples of groups we have had include:

  • Guitar class
  • T’ai Chi
  • Era- and conflict-specific group counseling

We have 2 PTSD groups currently running: one for Vietnam Veterans, and the other for Veterans from all eras and conflicts. Additional groups will be added depending on expressed interest and appropriateness. All groups require counselor referral. 

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.

We understand the effect that military sexual trauma (MST) can have on both the mental and physical health of the survivor, and that survivors are both female and male. We’re here to provide free, confidential counseling for any of the effects of MST. These may include:

  • Experiencing strong emotions 
  • Experiencing no emotions at all (feeling emotionally numb)
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Relationship difficulties

Our therapists are all either licensed professional counselors or licensed clinical social workers, specifically trained in working with MST survivors. We use the following evidence-based therapies:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

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.

Counseling can help you understand your feelings and reactions, and develop techniques that allow you to cope with those feelings when they arise.

Our licensed therapists are specifically trained in a variety of evidence-based therapeutic methods. These methods include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Our goal is to help you achieve your goals.

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.

Whether you’re transitioning out of the military back to civilian life, returning from a deployment overseas back stateside, or anywhere in between, our counselors can help the transition go smoothly. In addition to direct counseling, we offer the following referral services:

Employment

  • CareerLink (employment and testing service)
  • Job leads direct from companies and other agencies

Housing

  • VA HUD/VASH program
  • Veterans Multi-Service Center (provides a variety of services, including temporary shelter)
  • Salute 2 Service (local non-profit)

If you’re a woman Veteran transitioning to civilian life, we can help you find counseling, support, and referral services to meet your specific needs.

We are here to meet the unique challenges women Veterans face when reentering the civilian world. Our counseling staff is primarily made up of women who understand the unique challenges of women Veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

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.

We can provide counseling for those struggling with substance use issues, using counseling techniques such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

We also provide referrals to inpatient and intensive outpatient programs, such as those provided at the Coatesville VA Medical Center.

Visit the Coatesville VA Medical Center site

Call our Veterans Crisis Line at 988 and press 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.

We work closely with our counterparts in suicide prevention at VA medical centers to reach out to those not connected to services, and to those already connected to services but feeling disconnected from friends and family. 

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

We understand that the transition from military to civilian life can be a challenge. We offer a variety of ways to assist you in that process such as: 

  • How to get VA medical benefits and register for care 
  • Where to go to file claims and other forms
  • Understanding your VA education benefits
  • Housing and home loans
  • Education and referral for VA burial benefits

We can also connect you to Veterans Service Organizations in your community.

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’re an active member of the Veteran and military community throughout Bucks County and the greater Philadelphia. We conduct outreach at numerous Veteran-centric events throughout the year. We also partner with several VA and community organizations to ensure further support. These organizations include:

We offer secure and confidential individual and group counseling through telehealth. You can schedule a phone or video appointment for Vet Center services.

Sometimes, it’s just not possible to get to the Vet Center for an in-person appointment. We now offer counseling services by phone and telehealth. Don’t let your circumstances prevent you from receiving the help you need.

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.