East Los Angeles 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.
1000 Corporate Center 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.
Prepare for your visit
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- Stop by during our office hours and let's discuss how we can help. Many of our services are available on a walk-in basis.
- If you would like to schedule an appointment give us a call and we will be happy to discuss a time that works best for you to meet with a member of our staff.
You do not 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 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 also answer any questions you might have.
Parking is available directly in front of Vet Center and best of all it's free. Parking can be entered from Corporate Center Drive.
The Spirit bus line has stops within walking distance to the East Los Angeles Vet Center.
Use Spirit Bus schedule-122022 or contact 626-307-7842 for information.
In the spotlight at East Los Angeles Vet Center
New Vet Centers and Satellite Locations Announced
View the new locations here!
To improve access to counseling, we are adding three Vet Centers and six satellite locations across the US and its territories. We will continue to expand our program to meet Veteran demand and provide local support to those who served.
Domestic Violence Court Mandated Class
Currently offering a Domestic Violence class however presently not enrolling new veterans. Website will be updated once we open DV class. Please note: veteran must meet eligibility for Vet Center services and be court mandated.
Veteran Service Officer will be at Vet Center on Mondays (except holidays) from 9am-3pm. Appointments and Walk-ins are welcomed.
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We offer couples and family counseling to support you as you work toward meeting your goals.
The East Los Angeles Vet Center proudly offers couples and family counseling to support the readjustment process. The veteran will benefit greatly by including loved ones in the treatment process.
If someone close to you has died or you’re adjusting to a difficult life change, we’re here to support you.
East Los Angeles Vet Center offers bereavement counseling in an individual or family setting. We have Spanish speaking counselors available for the Spanish speaking community.
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.
East Los Angeles Vet Center is proud to welcome the LGBTQ+ community. Please reach out to us to see how we can meet your needs.
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.
East Los Angeles Vet Center offers individual and group counseling. Our specialty groups include:
- Woman Veteran PTSD Coping Skills
- Vietnam Combat Support
- Vietnam Intra-Interpersonal Skills
- OEF/OIF Combat Support
- Seeking Safety/Co-Occurring
- Domestic Violence
- Anger Management
- Asian Pacific Islander
Spanish speaking team members are available.
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.
ELA Vet Center provides counseling and referrals to men and women whom have experienced military sexual trauma and/or harassment regardless of when you served.
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.
East Los Angeles Vet Center offers supportive and confidential services. We will assist you in providing coping skills to work through traumatic events.
The East Los Angeles Vet Center offers:
- Woman Veteran PTSD Coping Skills group.
- GWOT group
- Vietnam Combat group
- Anger management
- Stress management
- Anxiety management
- Social support and activity engagement
Evidence-based therapies such as:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma Resource Model (TYRM)
- Gottman Method
- Whole Health
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.
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.
East Los Angeles Vet Center offers a Woman Veteran PTSD Coping Skills group.
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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.
East Los Angeles Vet Center offers Seeking Safety/ CoOccuring Dual Diagnosis group as well as individual counseling and referrals.
If you’re homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, we can help you connect with resources in your 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.
If you are having thoughts of death or suicide, it’s important you talk to someone right away. The Veterans Crisis Line offers free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
We can help connect you to VA and community resources that will support you in achieving your goals.
East Los Angeles Vet Center can help you:
- Understand VAMC medical benefits and provide guidance on documents needed for enrollment.
- Find a VSO to file claims.
- Connect you to representatives for Vocational Rehabilitation education benefits.
- Connect you to representatives for employment .
- Learn more about housing and VA home loans.
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We offer secure and confidential individual and group counseling through telehealth. You can schedule a phone or video appointment for Vet Center services.
With the expansion of telehealth service due to the pandemic the telehealth services are an option post pandemic. If you are unable to come to the East Los Angeles Vet Center for a variety of reasons such as not being able to take time off from your busy schedule and/or not feeling well we can accommodate you with telehealth services.
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.