Secaucus 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.
110A Meadowlands Parkway
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 or walk-ins:
If you are a first-time visitor, stop by during our office hours or call 201-223-7787 to discuss how we can help.
Many of our services are available on a walk-in basis.
Making an appointment:
After your initial contact with the Secaucus 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.
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.
Cancelling or rescheduling an appointment:
If you know you will miss an appointment, please notify us as soon as possible so we can reschedule your appointment and make that time available for another Veteran.
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.
The Secaucus Vet Center is located just over 2 miles away from the Secaucus Junction train station.
Bus service is available nearby at the Harmon Cove stop.
Check train and bus schedules or purchase tickets on the New Jersey Transit website.
Please call us at 201-223-7787 with any questions about planning your arrival to the Vet Center.
Free parking is available for both buildings 110A and 110B on either side of the building. Check that you are entering the doors for building 110A to find the Vet Center on the first floor.
In the spotlight at Secaucus Vet Center
Take the Vet Center Awareness survey.
We’re looking to learn from Veterans, service members and their families about their awareness of our Vet Center or what prevents them from using our services. Your feedback can help them access counseling, outreach, and referral services.
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We offer couples and family counseling to support you as you work toward meeting your goals.
We can support family members by offering individual counseling, couples counseling, or family counseling. This support can be extended to spouses, children, siblings, and other family members.
If someone close to you has died or you’re adjusting to a difficult life change, we’re here to support you.
Bereavement counseling is extended to families who lost a loved one while they were serving on active duty. We also provide grief counseling to help with processing loss.
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.
The Secaucus Vet Center provides individual and group counseling utilizing supportive and evidenced-based techniques such as
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Skills Training and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR)
Our groups include trauma processing and recreational/creative arts style groups. We also process referrals to community resources as needed.
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 understand the significance of this type of trauma and will help you through your journey moving forward.
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.
Our scope of care includes anger and stress management as well as building activity and social engagement.
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 change in culture from the military to a post-service life can be stressful. Our resources and experience can reduce some of that stress as you work through this change.
Whole health puts you—instead of your illnesses or conditions—at the center of care. We’ll work with you to develop a personalized health plan based on your values, needs, and goals.
We understand the need for a whole health approach in supporting your physical and mental health. We can offer mindfulness and guided meditation to support your overall wellbeing. We also have groups such as an art therapy group, a film group, and a book club which all provide alternative therapeutic support through creativity. If you have questions about any of these groups, please contact our office at 201-223-7787.
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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 can help with referrals to the VA Substance Use Disorder Program at the East Orange VA Medical Center or other community-based addiction support programs. We also can provide support and counseling services for eligible Veterans in recovery from addiction.
If you’re homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, we can help you connect with resources in your community.
The Secaucus Vet Center is connected with community homeless prevention organizations including VA Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF) providers. If you are currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, there are resources available to ensure you have somewhere safe to live including the VA Homeless Veterans Call Center, available 24/7 at 1-877-424-3838.
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.
We are connected with the VA Suicide Prevention team at both East Orange and Lyons VA Medical Centers. Our Vet Center counseling staff can assist with consistent counseling and support.
We can help connect you to VA and community resources that will support you in achieving your goals.
Our Vet Center organizes recreational and social events to help provide connection with other Veterans and families.
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We offer secure and confidential individual and group counseling through telehealth. You can schedule a phone or video appointment for Vet Center services.
We are currently utilizing WebEx for our individual and group telehealth services. Counseling sessions can be scheduled as video or phone to accommodate your needs.
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.