Jacksonville, NC 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, 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.
221 Memorial 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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- Call the office at 910-577-1100 or stop in and a member of the staff will assist you.
- We offer some same-day services.
- No appointments are needed for initial services.
- Our new state-of-the-art facility is located off Western Boulevard on Memorial Drive just past Onslow Memorial Hospital on the left side of the street.
- We have 28 reserved parking spots. Accessible parking and a drive-through portico for drop-offs are available.
There is a bus stop directly across the street from our entrance.
Transportation is free of charge with VA medical card and/or military ID.
There are 4 transit routes to us:
- Route 101 leaving College Street and Anne Street
- Route 102 leaving recreation loop and recreation complex
- Route 103 leaving Yopp Road at Walmart
- Route 104 leaving Western Boulevard at Roses Discount Store
Check the Jacksonville Transit schedules and routes
Call 910-938-7433 for more information.
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 look for one or more of the following:
Discharge documents (such as a DD214)
Receipt of certain awards
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 Jacksonville, NC 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.
We meet every Tuesday at a local park in the Jacksonville area. We welcome any Veteran or service member who would like to join us for a relaxing walk, so if interested please contact us at 910-577-1100 for more information.
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We offer couples and family counseling to support you as you work toward meeting your goals.
Our services are available to family members when their participation would support the growth and goals of the Veteran or service member. If you consider them family, so do we. Our counselors can provide education to family members regarding the Veteran or service member's military experience.
We provide a variety of services including:
- Couples and family counseling to help assist in the transition from military to civilian life
- Thriving couples group meets Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. It assists with communication techniques, and facilitating healthy boundaries and relationships.
- Bullet journaling group meets the second Wednesday of every month at 12:30 p.m.
- Women empowerment group meets Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Our counselors implement the following clinical therapeutic modalities:
- Functional family therapy
- Parenting STAIR (Skills Training for Affective and Interpersonal Regulation)
- Integrative behavioral couples therapy
- Family systems
- Strategic family therapy
- Gottman Method
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 the family following the death of a service member
- Community referrals for continued care, if necessary
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 individual and group counseling services to Veterans and service members. We have male and female licensed counselors and some of our team are Veterans themselves. We provide referral services to appropriate resources in the community and offer the following groups:
- PTSD group meets Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
- Coping skills group meets Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
- Group counseling for:
- Iraq Veterans
- Afghanistan Veterans
- Vietnam Veterans
- Spouses and significant others
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 (Military Sexual Trauma). We also offer individual and group counseling services for Veterans and service members. We have male and female licensed Veteran and civilian counselors.
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 offer individual and group counseling services for Veterans and service members. We have both male and female licensed counselors as well as counselors that are Veterans themselves. If you’re interested in one of following groups, please speak with your counselor or give us a call; referrals for groups are required to join.
- Meditation group meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00 a.m. You’ll learn grounding skills, centering, and relaxation techniques.
- Coping skills group meets Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. This group gives Veterans and service members an opportunity to work through traumatic experiences, difficulties with interpersonal relationships, and anger management with use of coping techniques.
- Cooperative reasoning group meets Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. You’ll focus on increasing social activities and decreasing isolation.
- PTSD group meets Fridays at 3:30 p.m. This group works on processing traumatic experiences, difficulties with interpersonal relationships, and anger management.
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 have knowledge on a variety of federal and state benefits for Veterans, service members, and their families to include guidance regarding VA Compensation and Pension claims, retirement benefits, and survivor benefits. We understand that leaving the military can be overwhelming with many challenges, but we can provide additional information for the following resources:
- Filing a military-related disability claim
- Enrollment in the VA health care system for benefits
- Connection to employment
- Connection to education benefits
- Connection to state benefits and 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.
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.
Our primary focus is your safety. If you feel hopeless, suicidal, or in need of crisis care, just let your counselor know so you can work together to help you feel safer and more optimistic about your future. Should you need the Veterans Crisis Line, in addition to calling them, you can also reach them via confidential chat at Veterans Crisis Line or text to 838255. Together we work to help you stay safe and improve your world.
We can help connect you to VA and community resources that will support you in achieving your goals.
We focus on Veterans, service members, and their family connecting them to VA and community resources which support the transition from military to civilian life. We have a strong network of community resources and a facility designed for therapy and socializing in a safe environment with other Veterans and service members to achieve goals. We can provide referrals and assistance in registering for the following:
- VA medical benefits and health care
- Filing a disability claim and the proper forms needed
- Understanding VA education benefits
- Connection to the Veterans Benefits Administration and others who can assist with transition from the military
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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.