Columbia, MO 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.
2475 Broadway Bluffs Drive
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.
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Accessible parking is available in front of the building. The building is accessible via wheelchair ramp. Additional parking spots are available in front of the building.
We’re on the Orange Bus Route. The closest stop to our center is stop number 4086 located at Smiley Lane and Rangeline Street.
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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.
Contacting the Columbia Vet Center
- Please call 573-814-6206 to speak with a staff member. They can assist you with scheduling an appointment or answering questions regarding an appropriate referral.
- If you call outside of our normal operating hours, the Call Center will answer your call. If you reach them, you may leave a message with their team. They’ll provide a warm hand-off to us, and we’ll contact you right away.
Canceling or rescheduling an appointment:
- If you know you’ll miss an appointment, please call to cancel 24 hours in advance.
- If you have an appointment conflict and need to reschedule, please notify us as soon as possible so we can reschedule your appointment an make that time available for another Veteran or service member.
- If you’re a first-time visitor, stop by during our office hours or call 573-814-6206 to discuss how we can help.
- Many of our services are available on a walk-in basis.
- Non-traditional hours are available by appointment.
In the spotlight at Columbia, MO Vet Center
Some of our services include:
- Vietnam group
- OIF/OEF group
- Spousal support group
- Social group
- Women Veterans empowerment group
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We offer couples and family counseling to support you as you work toward meeting your goals.
We have counselors who can provide services such as:
- Individual counseling for couples, spouses, children, and significant others
- Couples counseling
If someone close to you has died or you’re adjusting to a difficult life change, we’re here to support you.
We offer counseling and other support, such as:
- Bereavement counseling for families who have lost a loved one during active duty
- Counseling for complicated grief reaction
We can help get you connected to the Veterans Benefits Administration and National Cemetery Administration. And we can help you navigate burial and survivor benefits using the Planning Your Legacy Toolkit.
Download the Planning Your Legacy Toolkit (PDF)
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 proudly celebrate diversity among those we serve. We work closely with the LGTBQ+ Veteran care coordinator at our local VA and can make direct referrals.
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 offer unique individual and group therapies to support your needs.
Some of our group therapies include:
- Readjustment Group
- Mindfulness Drop-In Group
- Era-specific groups such as Vietnam and Global War on Terror
- Whole Health
- Women Veteran Groups
- Parenting and relationship support groups
- Seeking Safety
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.
Our counselors use a trauma-informed care approach to provide therapy and supportive services to those who have experienced MST.
We have groups for MST survivors. Groups can help you focus on processing trauma and receiving support from other MST survivors. Please call if you’re interested in joining a group.
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.
We use the following evidence-based therapies to help those suffering from PTSD:
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)
- Cognitive processing therapy (CPT)
- Imagery rehearsal therapy (IRT)
- Internal family systems (IFS)
- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
- Prolonged exposure (PE)
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 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.
Whole health puts you—instead of your illnesses or conditions—at the center of care. We’ll work with you to develop a personalized health plan based on your values, needs, and goals.
We work to bridge mental health care with every other aspect of the Veteran’s life. You can expect your counselor to help you highlight the connection between mental health and various aspects of self-care (e.g. food and drink, working your body, surroundings, spirit and soul, personal development, recharging, and relationships).
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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 help you get connected to substance use programs, both inpatient and outpatient, with VA. We also work closely with our community partners to help you when you are struggling with addiction, need detox, or want to gain stability.
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 also connect you with the VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator.
We can help connect you to VA and community resources that will support you in achieving your goals.
We can help you with the following:
- Understand VA medical benefits and provide guidance on documents needed for enrollment.
- Find a VSO to file claims and other benefits paperwork.
- Connect you to representatives for VA education benefits.
- Overview and referral for VA and state burial benefits.
- Learn more about housing and VA home loans.
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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
- Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty
- Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve
- Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
- Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)
- Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
- Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
- Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC)
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
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.