The Department of Veterans Affairs has obtained a fleet of mobile community outreach vehicles to transport Vet Center counselors and outreach workers to assist in the readjustment needs of combat veterans in the rural geographic areas of the country. Their motto is “Mobile Vet Center will travel.”

Readjustment Counseling Technician Dave Brown, of the Salt Lake City Vet Center, said the mobile units visit to Kanab was the first of its kind in southern Utah.

They do not provide medical care, but focus on counseling and guidance for rural Utah veterans and their families.

Utah’s Vet Center is keeping the promise. What do they do? They care. They are the people in the VA that welcome home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet centers understand and appreciate veterans’ war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.

Congress, recognizing a significant number of Vietnam-era, and Persian Gulf War veterans were still experiencing readjustment problems, established the community based Vet Center Program. Congress has extended the eligibility to veterans who served during other periods of armed hostilities after the Vietnam-era, or the War Zone Veterans, including WWII and Korea.

The goal of the Vet Center program is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible veterans and their families in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.

The free services provided: Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling: Individual and Group Counseling: Sexual Trauma Counseling: Marital and Family Counseling: Bereavement Counseling: Benefits Referral: Employment Referral: Community Outreach: Liaison with VA Facilities and referral to community agencies.

The Vet Center staff respects the privacy of all veterans; any and all information is strictly confidential. Information will not be communicated to any person or agency without the written consent from the veteran, except in circumstances to avert a crisis.

The Mobile Vet Center, based in Salt Lake City and Provo, will alternate visits between Panguitch and Kanab. The schedule for Kanab is the morning of the fourth Tuesday of even months. The next visit will be on February 23.

For more information, contact Brian Hunnewell of Provo at 801-277-1117 or toll free 866-644-5371.

The Vet Center will be working in conjunction with the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. They will also be working with the Kane County Workforce Services. When the unit visits Kanab, the 38-foot mobile unit, similar to a motorhome, will be parked in front of the Workforce Services Building.

Brown explained the Veterans Administration plans on having a permanent Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Center in St. George, as well as the Veterans Administration Medical Clinic already located in that area.

Contact numbers: Salt Lake vet Center: 1-800-613-4012 Ext. 1294; Call Center: 1-866-644-5371; Provo Vet Center: 1-801-377-1117 or www.vetcenter.va.gov.