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Savannah 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

321 Commercial Drive
Savannah, GA 31406

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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
Savannah 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 to the Savannah Vet Center? Give us a call and we can discuss any questions you might have prior to scheduling an appointment with us. Please call 912-961-5800 to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors. 

Making an appointment: 

Once you contact us, we’ll take your information immediately and then you’ll be scheduled for your initial intake appointment. Scheduling availability varies, but we’ll work our best to get you scheduled quickly. Once you complete your initial intake appointment with our Vet Center Director, you’ll be matched and scheduled with your counselor. Anyone who is in crisis will have their needs addressed immediately. 

Contacting us: 

Contact us any time 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 877-927-8387. When calling our main line after hours, your call will be automatically connected to the Vet Center Call Center. 

Canceling or rescheduling an appointment: 

If you know in advance that you won’t be able to make an appointment, or you're needing to reschedule for any reason, please notify us as soon as possible so we can reschedule and make that time available for another Veteran or service member. 

First-time visitor or walk-ins: 

If you’re a first-time visitor, you may stop by during our office hours or call 912-961-5800 to discuss how we can help.

The Savannah Vet Center is a small office building located at 321 Commercial Drive. We’re located on the South Side of Savannah off Hodgson Memorial Drive. We’re a one-story building with ample parking and a wheelchair accessible ramp located on the right side of the door when looking at the building. Please contact the Vet Center at 912-961-5800 if you need further directions. 

Parking: 

The Savannah Vet Center has ample parking for Veterans and service members, as well as 2 accessible parking spaces located at the front of the building. 

The Savannah Vet Center is accessible by public transit. There are several bus stops within walking distance of our facility. 

To get more information or to find scheduling please visit the Chatham Area Transit (CAT).

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 ask that you have access to one or more of the following: 

  • Discharge Documents (i.e. a DD214) 
  • Receipt of certain awards
  • Deployment orders
  • Other documents you may have received that show qualifying military service 

Request military service records online

Request a copy of your DD214

If you don’t have these documents readily accessible, come in, and we can work with you to establish your eligibility and answer any questions you might have. 

In the spotlight at Savannah 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 are happy to meet with you and your family members based on your needs. The counselors at our facility use various methods of treatment when it comes to couples or family sessions. 

We encourage our Veterans and service members to address any personal concerns through individual therapy that can coincide with family therapy; this can help with getting the most value out of your sessions. During individual therapy, the counselors can offer opportunities for your partner or other family members to join in the session, once or twice. This can provide an opportunity for your family members to learn more about your needs and ways to best support you during your treatment. 

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

We also offer bereavement counseling to Gold Star family members. We also respond to referrals from the Tragedy Assistance Program for survivors (TAPS) to provide support to family members affected by the loss of a service member and/or Veteran. To learn more about their missions, please visit Mission of TAPS

If you're a Veteran who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, or a related identity, we can help you find counseling, support, and referral services to meet your specific needs.

We’re a leader in care for LGBTQ+ Veterans and service members. We can help connect you with specialty medical services and other support resources, as important additions to your mental health care. 

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.

Our staff is a diverse group, both male and female, with many of the staff being Veterans themselves, or having vast knowledge and/or experience working with Veterans, service members, and military communities. Our counselors are licensed clinical social workers (LCSW), licensed masters social workers (LMSW), and licensed professional counselors (LPC).

We commonly address the following concerns: 

  • Difficulties adjusting to civilian life following deployment or activation
  • Concerns of lack of meaning or purpose
  • Unhealthy use of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Anxiety and stress reactions
  • Depression and lack of motivation
  • Helping to address and cope with moral injury
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Anger, aggressive behavior, as well as reckless behaviors

Here are some of the evidence-based treatments we offer: 

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

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.

Military sexual trauma (MST) can continue to affect survivors long after the experience. It can also impact different traumas that may have occurred during your lifetime. Our counselors have ways to help you cope with MST and empower you to not only survive but to thrive. 

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 recognize that asking for help takes courage; we pride ourselves on being able to offer a safe space to our Veterans and service members. 

If you’re feeling on edge and on guard, having trouble sleeping, experiencing a loss in motivation, a decrease in mood, or just not feeling like yourself following a major event or critical incident, we can teach you tools to manage these changes and help get you back on track. Our counselors are here to help you take that next step. 

Learn more about PTSD and your treatment options.

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 recognize completing your military service can come with a variety of new challenges. Navigating the VA system along with other benefits you may be entitled to can be extremely overwhelming. We can be the bridge to get you connected with the following services: 

  • Enrollment in VA health care benefits
  • Filing a military-related disability claim
  • Connection to employment opportunities
  • Using VA education benefits
  • Using your VA home loan
  • Connecting to state benefits and services

There are many other opportunities that may be available. If you have any questions call 912-961-5800

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.

Unhealthy substance use often goes hand-in-hand with PTSD, depression, or stress. We can help you understand how problematic drinking or drug use might be in relation to other stressors in your life. We'll help support you with relapse intervention and prevention, while also helping to connect you with more intensive or comprehensive substance use treatment programs within VA or in our community, if needed. 

Call our Veterans Crisis Line at 988 (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.

Our priority first and foremost is your safety. If you feel hopeless, suicidal, or are in crisis, let your counselor know so we can work together to both support you through the moment as well as create a safety plan with you to feel safer and more hopeful about the 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 838255. 

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

We understand that searching for resources can be challenging. Let us help you navigate through and connect with:

  • How to activate VA medical benefits and enroll in care
  • Where to file disability claims and other VA related forms
  • How to make the most of your VA education benefits
  • How to use your VA home loan
  • How to access VA burial benefits

We can also assist in connecting you with a local Veteran Service Officer (VSO). Call us at 912-961-5800 to find out more information. 

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 here at the Savannah Vet Center are committed to functioning as a focal point where Veterans and community partners can connect and engage. We actively partner with: 

We also work with the surrounding military bases such as Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. Our networks also extend out to the First Responder departments within the greater Savannah area. 

Please call 912-961-5800 if you or your organization is interested in learning more about ways to partner with us. 

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

Busy schedule? We get it! We have easy-to-use telehealth platforms that allow us to provide you with the same high-quality services virtually. Please let your assigned counselor know, and we'll accommodate you to the best of our ability. All you need is a smartphone (or similar device), internet connection, and a private location. 

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’re 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’re unsure if you meet these criteria. If we can’t help you, we’ll 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 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.