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San Francisco Vet Center

We offer confidential help for Veterans, service members, and their families at no cost in a non-medical setting. Our services include individual and group 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

505 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Direct line

the front door with handicap access

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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We are located in the San Francisco Civic Center and use the Hasting garage located at 376 Larkin Street.  Please  bring your parking ticket to one of our staff members. We will set up you up with hourly vouchers to cover your time in a counseling session. 

 

The San Francisco Vet Center is located on Polk Street and is one block down from Van Ness Blvd where there are many MUNI Bus routes.  Check the 511 transportation guide for the bus that you will need to come to the Vet Center or see routes and schedules

BART can be accessed through the United Nation Plaza located on Market Street.  It is about a 6 blocks walk to the San Francisco Vet Center. Plan your BART trip

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.

  • 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.

In the spotlight at San Francisco Vet Center

Counseling services

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

San Francisco Vet Center has Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists onsite to offer family and couples counseling.

Specialty care at our center includes:

  • Women's group (Female spouses of Veterans support group)
  • EFT (Emotional Focused Couples Therapy)
  • Gottman couples therapy protocol

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

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.

San Francisco Vet Center offers individual and group counseling:

  • Vietnam Veterans group
  • Iraq/Afghanistan group
  • Veterans Support Group

Specialty care includes:

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

Therapeutic activities such as horse riding, outdoor activities and events.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

San Francisco Vet Center can help you:

  • 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.

San Francisco Vet Center supports local Veterans through partnerships with government and community agencies, including:

  • Law enforcement and other first responders
  • Community College of San Francisco
  • San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco
  • California Department of Veteran Services
  • National Guard and Reserve components

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

Veterans in rural communities may be able to connect remotely with San Francisco Vet Center counselors and staff to receive 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.

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.

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.