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Clearwater 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 in VA and your community.

Locations and contact information

Main Location

29259 US Highway 19, North
Clearwater, FL 33761-2102

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Hours

  • Mon. 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tue. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wed. 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thu. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed
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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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To make an appointment, you can call 727-549-3600.

Currently, we require masks inside the building.

You’re also welcome to walk in or call to learn how we can assist you.

We also have non-traditional hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to support those we serve. Please call us to find out more.

We’re located in the southeast corner of the Northside Plaza, near Felice’s Deli. Parking options include accessible spaces and unmarked spaces available for use. Our entry is also wheelchair accessible.

Using the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), you can access our center by using bus stop "US Hwy 19 N + Riviera Rd." 

Visit Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority for routes and schedules

You don’t need to be registered for care at VA, rated for a service-connected disability, or receiving any other form of VA benefits. On your first visit, we’ll check 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.

In the spotlight at Clearwater Vet Center

Counseling services

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

Our therapists are trained in a variety of marriage and family therapies. We also offer a spouses and significant others support group. Please contact us for more details.  

If someone close to you has died or you’re adjusting to a difficult life change, we’re here to support you.

We also offer individual counseling for those who have lost a loved one due to an active-duty death or to family members of a Veteran who was receiving Vet Center services at the time of their death.

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 therapists are trained in a variety of evidence-based practices. These include but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Prolonged Exposure (PE)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Various marriage and family therapies

Individual, group, couples, and family counseling are available based on your readjustment needs.

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 have male and female counselors available based on your comfort or preference.

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.

Our therapists are trained in a variety of evidence-based practices. These include but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Prolonged Exposure (PE)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Various marriage and family therapies

Individual, group, couples, and family counseling are available based on your readjustment needs.

All of our therapists are proud Veterans who understand what it means to serve.

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.

Understanding your benefits, navigating health care, and choosing what is best for you are sometimes difficult tasks to manage. We can help connect you with benefits, services, and programs that support your transition from the military.

Let us help you with:

  • Enrolling in VA health care and connecting with primary care
  • Finding where to file a disability claim and the necessary steps to take
  • Using your VA education benefits
  • Finding out how to apply for and use your VA home loan
  • Accessing VA burial and survivor benefits

We can help you make a direct connection with a Veteran Service Officer in your city or town and the local Veterans Service Organizations.

A volunteer from the DAV is here to assist Veterans with disability and benefits claims every Monday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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'll help connect you to services with the local VA Medical Centers and to programs in the community.

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

Understanding your benefits, navigating health care, and choosing what is best for you are sometimes difficult tasks to manage. We can help connect you with benefits, services, and programs that support your transition from the military.

Let us help you with:

  • Enrolling in VA health care and connecting you with primary care
  • Finding where to file a disability claim and the necessary steps to take
  • Using your VA education benefits
  • Finding how to apply for and use your VA home loan
  • Accessing VA burial and survivor benefits

We can help you make direct connection with a Veteran Service Officer in your city or town and the local Veterans Service Organizations.

A volunteer from the DAV is here to assist Veterans with disability and benefits claims every Monday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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.

If you or your organization would like to learn about working with Veterans, military culture or how you can support the Veteran community, we can provide individual or group education briefings. Give us a call for more information.

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.

You may be eligible for Vet Center services no matter your discharge status or eligibility for VA health care. And we encourage you to contact us, even if you’re not sure if you’re eligible. If we can’t help you, we’ll find someone who can. 

If you’re a Veteran or service member (including National Guard and Reserves), you’re eligible if you meet any of these service requirements: 

  • You served on active duty in any combat theater or area of hostility, or 
  • You provided mortuary services or direct emergency medical care to treat the casualties of war while on active duty, or 
  • You were a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat theater or area of hostility, or 
  • You served on active 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, or  
  • You’re a current or former member of the Coast Guard who participated in a drug interdiction operation, or 
  • You’re a current member of the Reserve Component assigned to a military command in a drill status, including active Reserves, and you need to address a behavioral health condition or psychological trauma that is related to your military service

If you’re a Veteran or service member (including National Guard and Reserves), you’re also eligible for Vet Center services if any of these descriptions is true for you: 

  • You’re a Vietnam Era Veteran who used Vet Center services before January 2, 2013, or 
  • You experienced military sexual trauma (no matter your gender or service era), or 
  • You currently use any covered VA educational assistance benefits

What are the covered educational assistance benefits?

They're benefits from any of these programs

Remember: You don’t need to be enrolled in VA health care to be eligible for Vet Center services. You don’t need to have a service-connected disability. And you can have any character of discharge.

You can use our counseling and other support services when your participation would support the growth and goals of the Veteran or service member in your family. If the Veteran or service member considers you family, so do we.  

You can also use our bereavement services if any of these descriptions is true for your family: 

  • The Veteran or service member died while serving on active duty, or

  • The Veteran was using Vet Center services at the time of their death, or

  • The Veteran or service member died by suicide 

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.