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Melbourne 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

Direct line

Hours

  • Mon. 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tue. 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed. 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu. 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sat. 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sun. Closed
Melbourne VC

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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Give us a call and let’s discuss how we can help. Call 321-254-3410 during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to  6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors.

If you need to call outside of those times, on weekends, or holidays, the Vet Center Call Center is available 24/7 at 877-927-8737.

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

You don’t need to be registered for care at VA, rated for 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 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.

We have ample parking that is easily accessible. We’re on the ground floor with our name on the door. You may park in any available space.  

If you need assistance, please call us at 321-254-3410.

Public transportation is available to you. Space Coast Area Transit bus stop #24 is at the corner of Sarno Road and Croton Road, which is across the street from our location. 

Check Space Coast Area Transit for maps and schedules

In the spotlight at Melbourne Vet Center

Counseling services

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

We have a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) on our team to support you and your family. Our LMFT specializes in the Gottman Method. 

Learn more on the Gottman Method

We understand the benefits of including family members in treatment. We’re honored to be able to support the Veteran’s and service member’s readjustment with these additional services.

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

We provide a caring, supportive place to process loss. We offer services like these at no cost:

  • Bereavement counseling for families who have lost a loved one while they were serving on active duty
  • Grief counseling
  • Contact information to the Veteran Benefits Administration and National Cemetery Administration regarding possible burial and survival benefits.

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, group, family, and couples counseling for a variety of mental health concerns.

Our services include one-on-one hour-long counseling sessions tailored for the Veteran or service member's needs. We also offer various group counseling options like these: 

  • Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan Veterans
  • Vietnam Veterans
  • Spouses and significant others

Evidence-based practices are available, including, but not limited to these:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Whole Health

We are also able to connect you with local resources for additional support (as needed) to help with your readjustment goals.

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 to provide individual counseling. We can incorporate trauma-focused evidence-based therapies.

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 and can provide several trauma-focused evidence-based therapies, including these:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Conjoined Therapy for PTSD (CBCT)

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 know that completing military service can come with a variety of new challenges. Navigating the VA system and other benefits can be overwhelming. We can provide education and connections for these challenges:

  • Enrollment in VA health care benefits
  • Filing a military-related disability claim
  • Connection to employment opportunities
  • Housing and home loans
  • Connecting to state benefits and services

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.

We also provide a creative arts group for women on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. If you’re interested in joining, give us a call. 

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 work closely with and provide referrals to our local VA Medical Center substance use programs.

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.

Your safety is our priority. 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. We also collaborate with Suicide Prevention Coalitions in multiple counties and refer to the local VA Medical Center.

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

We offer peer-led activities and partner with several organizations. We also provide information on how to register or enroll in various Veteran benefits, such as these:

  • How to get VA medical benefits and register for care
  • Where to go to file VA claims and other forms for disability
  • How to access or connect with your VA educational benefits

We can also connect you with the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and other services that can help with the transition from military to civilian life.

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 military culture or how to support the Veteran and service member community, we can provide individual or education briefings. Give us a call for more information. 

We work closely with the following community partners:

We offer secure and confidential individual and group counseling through telehealth. You can schedule a phone or video appointment for Vet Center services.

If you have any difficulty getting to one of our locations, please call to discuss video and phone options.

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.