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Montana VA Health Care System

 

Vet Centers

There are four Vet Centers currently offering full-time services in Montana: Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula.

For locations & phone numbers for each Vet Center, please visit the Montana Vet Centers webpage at https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?STATE=MT&dnum=ALL.

In April 2016, it was announced that a Vet Center Outstation would be established in Helena in Fall 2016.  Since October, the Helena Outstation has been staffed with a counselor providing services temporarily from a donated office at the Helena Job Service at 715 Front Street. A permanent location is expected to be open by Summer 2017. 

For more information about Vet Centers, eligibility, and services provided to Veterans and family members, visit http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/.

Vet Center History

The Vet Center Program was established by Congress in 1979 out of the recognition that a significant number of Vietnam era vets were still experiencing readjustment problems. Since then, Congress has extended these services to Veterans of all the nations' past & current conflicts. Vet Centers are community based and part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Vet Centers operate under the auspices of the VA Office of Readjustment Counseling. Though they work closely with VA health care organizations, Vet Centers do not fall directly under the purview of the Veterans Health Administration.

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. 

New Vet Center Eligibility Guidelines

Any Veterans and active duty Service members, to include members of the National Guard and Reserve components, who:
  • Have served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility*
  • Experienced a military sexual trauma;
  • Provided direct emergent medical care or mortuary services, while serving on active military duty, to the casualties of war, or;
  • Served as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat zone or area of hostility.
  • Vietnam Era veterans who have accessed care at a Vet Center prior to January 1, 2004
All readjustment counseling services available at Vet Centers are at no charge to the eligible individual or their family and are also available without time limitation.

Service members and Veterans are not required to enroll in the VA health care system or have received a service connection for conditions caused by military service.

These services are also provided regardless of the nature of the Veteran’s discharge.  This includes service provision to those individuals with problematic discharges.

Vet Center services are also provided to family members of Veterans and Service members for military related issues when it is found to aid in the readjustment of those that have served. This includes bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death.


*Service in combat theater or area of hostility to include but not limited to:
 World War II
(incl. American Merchant Marines)  
Operations in the former Yugoslavia area  
(e.g designated areas of hostility)
Korean War
Vietnam War
Lebanon
Grenada
Desert Storm/ Desert Shield
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Kosovo
Global War on Terrorism
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Freedom's Sentinel
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation New Dawn




Contact Info

Location

  • See link to Montana Vet Centers

Contact Number(s)

  • 877-927-8387

Hours of Operation

  • Each Vet Center maintains non-traditional hours, Mon-Sat.
    Contact your local Vet Center directly for more info.