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Orlando VA Medical Center


Vet Centers on the Move!

Mobile Vet Center
By Charles Tubbs, Orlando VAMC Public Affairs
Friday, November 26, 2010

Our heroes serve our nation engaging in combat operations all around the world. When their tour of duty is over, the challenge before them is to reintegrate into the community and with family. But how?  Who can they talk to for help?  Here comes the Mobile Vet Center!

The Orlando Mobile Vet Center is an a extension of the Orlando Vet Center offering services to Veterans and their families such as individual and group counseling, medical and benefits referrals, employment counseling and many more.

Staff on board the MVC uses state-of-the-art satellite communications allowing secure access to patients' computerized medical records as well as emergency response systems.

"The MVC is equipped as an 'office on wheels', with the capacity to provide emergency support for natural disasters," said Johnny Chastain, a social worker assigned to the Mobile Vet Center.

Each vehicle is equipped with two confidential counseling rooms where Vet Center counselors and outreach specialists can meet individually with Veterans and family members to provide readjustment services.

Vet Centers provide counseling services to surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings of servicemembers who die while on active duty, to include federally activated Reserve and National Guard personnel. MVC's have been mobilized to provide bereavement counseling to family members in rural areas.

"The Orlando site, one of 50 nationwide, has already built a strong relationship with our Veteran community," said Chastain.  "We have received positive feedback on all the services we provide."

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

Veterans and their family members don't have to wait for the Mobile Vet Center to come to town to get help. They can call 1 (877)WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387), a 24/7 Vet Center toll-free number to speak with other combat Veterans who are trained counselors with knowledge of the VA and other valuable resources to assist Veterans and their family get needed services.

The MVC participates in various outreach activities such as health fairs and most recently, a Native American Pow Wow aimed at providing services to Veterans and their family.

The next outreach event for the Mobile Vet Center is scheduled for Dec. 13-16 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort where it will participate in the Road to Recovery Salute to American Heroes Conference and Tribute.


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