Counseling services for veterans now have wheels

Since August, 2009, the Utah Mobile Vet Center (MVC) has made weekly visits to Logan providing readjustment counseling to combat veterans and their families. The Vet Centers are a division of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). “Our operation always has been that we bring our counseling service to veterans and their families,” said Dave Brown, a Readjustment Counseling Technician with the VA. “We are ‘veteran-centric’ and community-based. “Up until the Mobile Vet Center Program we only had brick and mortar offices. With the MVC we are to take our counseling services to veterans and their families to communities outside the Wasatch Front.” Brown said the heart of MVC counseling services are dedicated to veterans who experienced combat stress conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “We also do other types of counseling with individuals, couples, marital, family and we even do group counseling if it is indicated that has the best outcome for the veterans involved. “We try to serve all honorably serving veterans, regardless of whether they’re combat or non-combat veterans. The help we can extend non-combat vets tends to be information and referral, if necessary.” Brown said he can help vets with benefits questions and that “walk in” visits are welcome. “But it is very helpful to contact us and arrange appointments.” He said the numbers of veterans using the MVC Fridays in Logan varies from month-to-month. “On a monthly basis our counselors work with a dozen to two dozen veterans and their families in the Cache Valley area.” The Utah MVC visits Logan Fridays (9 am to 4:30 pm) at the Logan Workforce Services office, 180 North 100 West. Because of mechanical issues it will not be in Logan this week. Brown said appointments could be made with a counselor by calling Travis Larsen at 801-584-1294.

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