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Princeton 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.

Locations and contact information

Main Location

1511 North Walker Street
Princeton, WV 24740

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Princeton 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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Please call the Princeton Vet Center at 304-425-8098 to ask to make an appointment.  Veterans and service members are also welcome to stop by the Princeton Vet Center to schedule appointments.

After your initial contact with the Princeton Vet Center, the Vet Center Director will be notified to call you to schedule an appointment. You can expect a return call within 1-2 business days, and we should be able to schedule your first appointment within 2-10 business days, depending on schedule availabilities.

Anyone in crisis will be seen the same day. 

Contacting us:

You can call us anytime during our posted hours of operation. 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

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 answer any questions you might have.

We have plenty of parking available in the front of the building or on the side streets close to the building. Parking at the Vet Center is free and includes space for accessible parking and wheelchair access. 

If transportation is needed, arrangements can be made through the Bluefield Area Transit. Please go to  Ride the Bluefield Area Transit bus  to see the schedule and to make arrangements prior to your appointment. 

Bluefield Area Transit
3208 John Nash Blvd
Bluefield, WV 24701
info@ridethebatbus.com

Phone: 304-327-8418
Toll-Free: 866-759-0978
Fax: 304-325-6783
TDD: 304-327-8418

In the spotlight at Princeton Vet Center

Counseling services

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

Princeton Vet Center implements the following clinical therapeutic modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Therapy
  • Family Systems 
  • Couples therapy with a focus on improving communication

In addition, counselors may provide education to family members regarding the Veteran's military related problems and/or post military readjustment. 

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

The Princeton 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
  • Contact information to the Veterans Benefits Administration and National Cemetery 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.

At Princeton Vet Center, we offer individual and group counseling. Specialty care at our center includes: 

  • Specialty group counseling such as Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran Therapy Group
  • Significant Other groups for spouses of veterans
  • PTSD therapy groups

Care at our center includes:

  • One-on-one hour-long counseling sessions targeted at your individual needs
  • Group counseling for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, Vietnam Veterans; Spouse/Significant Others, and more

Evidence-based therapies such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Psychoeducation

We also provide referral services to appropriate resources in our community.

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 counselors of both genders and can accommodate your counseling needs. 

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.

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

Care at our Center includes:

  • Female Veteran PTSD group
  • PTSD groups for all Era of veterans

Evidence-based therapies such as: 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

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 Princeton Vet Center can help you know where to go and how to register for:

  • How to get VA medical benefits and register for care
  • Where to go to file claims and other forms
  • Understanding your VA education benefits
  • Education and referral for VA burial benefits
  • Housing and home loans

We can also connect you to Veterans Service Organizations in your community.

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.

At the Princeton Vet Center, we offer group and individual counseling specifically for our Women Veterans. 

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.

Call to learn more about what services that we can provide for your substance abuse concerns. 

If you’re homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, we can help you connect with resources in your community.

We can help you connect with resources in the community and at the Beckley VAMC

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.

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

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

The Princeton Vet Center can also connect you to Veterans Service Organizations in your community.

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.

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 are unable to come to the Princeton Vet Center for a variety of reasons, such as not being able to take time off from your busy schedule or not feeling well, we can accommodate you with telehealth services.  A secure email will be sent with a link to connect to your counselor. 

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.