This week’s Borne the Battle episode features Mike Fisher, the Chief Readjustment Counseling Officer for VA’s Health Administration, who discusses some of the unique and generous benefits that Vet Centers offer.
Vet Centers began in 1979 when Vietnam Veterans had difficulty readjusting to civilian life. Vet Centers seek to help and equip Veterans by offering a community-based counseling center that provides a wide array of services. In addition, these Vet Centers actively help Veterans to simply get started, set goals, and eventually accomplish them.
Vet Centers have quickly expanded and is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. There are currently over 300 Vet Centers, 80 mobile Vet Centers, and a Veteran Call Line as well. This model seeks to make readjustment smoother and more effective.
This week’s episode covers:
- Mission, Vision, and Peer-to-Peer Model of Vet Centers
- Expansive services of Vet Centers, including all types of counseling, opportunities, and trauma rehabilitation resources
- Inclusive Eligibility requirements, including grandfathering of Vietnam veterans and inclusion of all, regardless of character of discharge
#BtBattle Veteran of the Week:
- Army Air Corps Veteran Norman Achen
Hayoung Oh is a podcast intern with the VA’s Digital Media Engagement Team. He is currently an undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying Public Health.