Westchester 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.
117 East Stevens Avenue
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? Give us a call and let's discuss how we can help. Call 914-682-6250 to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors.
Making an appointment:
After your initial contact with the Westchester Vet Center, 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.
First-time visitor or walk-ins:
If you are a first-time visitor, stop by during our office hours or call 914-682-6250 to discuss how we can help.
Many of our services are available on a walk-in basis.
The Vet Center is located at 117 East Stevens Avenue, Suite 201, Valhalla, NY 10595. Our suite is on the second floor with elevator and stairs access. Visitors may park in Vet Center designated spaces in front of the building or in the lower level parking.
The Vet Center is a 3-minute walk from the Route 6 Local Bee-Line Westchester Bus stop @ Columbus Avenue / Stevens Avenue.
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.
In the spotlight at Westchester Vet Center
The Vet Center is partnering with the Washington Irving Boat Club in Tarrytown, NY to help Veterans earn their NYS Boating License. Next classroom dates in September. Call the Vet Center for more information and to register: 914-682-6250
Veterans Benefits Administration Outreach Team will assist veterans and dependents file claims at the Vet Center. No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome. Upcoming Dates: SEPT 15 10am-2pm. Call 914-682-6250 for more info.
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We offer couples and family counseling to support you as you work toward meeting your goals.
Couples and marital counseling are offered at no cost and also available during non-traditional hours.
If someone close to you has died or you’re adjusting to a difficult life change, we’re here to support you.
We have staff available with advanced training in loss and bereavement and available during non-traditional hours.
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.
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 clinical staff have advanced training to meet your mental health needs and can also assess and refer you to inpatient and residential treatment for PTSD and other mental health issues.
Currently available groups:
- PTSD support groups
- Military Sexual Trauma groups
- Morning and Evening Virtual Meditation classes
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 provide individual and group counseling services for Veterans or service members who experienced MST.
If you’re a Veteran from a minority community, we can help you find counseling, support, and referral services to meet your specific 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 Vet Center we offer individual and group counseling for PTSD. Evidence-based specialty care for PTSD includes:
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma Recovery Groups for MST
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.
Get in touch with us at 914-682-6250. We can connect you with local resources, such as a Veteran Service Officer, who can help you file claims for federal, state, county, and local benefits. We can also connect you to mental health services and employment/education resources.
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 have staff available with specialized training in the VA Whole Health Program.
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 provide a recurring 'Women Veterans Meet and Greet' to encourage a sense of community and connection.
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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 are able to provide you with assessment and referral to local and VA resources for detox, inpatient, and outpatient substance use disorder programs.
If you’re homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, we can help you connect with resources in your community.
We have relationships with local and VA resources to assist you if you are homeless or at risk for homelessness.
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 can help connect you to VA and community resources that will support you in achieving your goals.
The Vet Center partners with community agencies to enhance services and coordinate mental health care for Veterans, service members, and their families in Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland counties.
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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.
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.