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Harlem 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), bereavement, family counselling, 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

2279 3rd Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10035-2249

Direct line

Hours

  • Mon. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tue. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wed. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 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
This is the entrance of the Harlem Vet Center.

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? Give us a call and let's discuss how we can help. Call 646-273-8139 to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors or ask about our services. 

After your initial contact with the Harlem Vet Center, a staff member will contact you to schedule an appointment.  You can expect to be contacted within 1-2 business days. You will be able to schedule your first appointment within a timely manner based on availability.  

Same day services are available for urgent situations. 

If you know you will miss an appointment, please notify us as soon as possible so we can reschedule your appointment and make that time available for another Veteran.

The entrance is located on 124th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. 

Street parking is available. You must follow local and city rules for parking and meters. You can also use one of the local paid parking garages. 

The Harlem Vet Center is easily accessible by public transportation. We are a 5-minute walk from the 4, 5, and 6 trains on a 125th Street train station. There are also multiple buses that run in the area that you can access.  Please visit  Home | MTA to plan your visit.

You do not need to be registered for care at VHA, 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 answer any questions you might have.

In the spotlight at Harlem Vet Center

Counseling services

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

Harlem Vet Center has licensed therapists who offer marriage and family counseling to Veterans and service members, both virtually  and in person. 

The Harlem Vet Center has counselors who can provide services such as:

  • Individual counseling for couples, spouses, children and significant others
  • Couples counseling

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

The Harlem Vet Center can offer counseling and other support, such as:

  • Bereavement counseling for families who have lost a loved one while they were serving on active duty
  • Grief counseling

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 provide an array of general clinical and evidence-based therapeutic treatments for a broad range of mental health and emotional needs. 

At the Harlem Vet Center, we offer individual and group counseling. We also provide referral services to appropriate resources in our community.

Care at our center includes:

  • One-on-one hour-long counseling sessions targeted at your individual needs

We also offer group counseling. Our specialty groups include:

  • Vietnam Combat Veterans
  • OEF/OIF groups
  • Combat Veterans (era integrated)
  • Women Veterans

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 are here to provide ongoing support and therapeutic services to address the unique needs of sexual trauma.

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 provide an array of expert clinical services to address all aspects of both combat and non-combat trauma. 

At the Harlem Vet Center, we offer individual and group counseling.

Care at our center includes:

  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Activity engagement

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.

The Harlem Vet Center understands 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

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 easily refer Veterans and service members in need of such services to excellent programs for outpatient treatment or residential care at the local VA or in the community.

Call our Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (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.

Harlem Vet Center can 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.

Harlem Vet Center 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

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.

Harlem Vet Center supports local Veterans and service members through partnerships with government and community agencies, including:

We offer workshops and classes if you want to connect with other Veterans but don't want a group counseling setting.

Historically we have offered various groups and workshops such as fly tying and writing group. Ask your counselor about any groups that you are interested in or that we may offer.

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 are 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 are unsure if you meet these criteria. If we can’t help you, we will 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 do not have to be enrolled in VA Healthcare or have a service connected disability.

Safe and confidential. Our records cannot 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 judgement.