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Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Center Report

PTSD

719,401

Psych/Other

140,943

Marital/Family

117,750

Outreach

93,282

Benefits

81,951

Other11

53,262

Medical

49,842

Drug/Alcohol

27,985

Sexual Trauma

26,940

Employment

19,361

Basic Needs

17,341

Legal

7,068

Homeless

5,090

Bereavement

1,396

Crisis

806

Outreach

Services Provided

Total number of visits

Figure 3. FY 2008 Visits/Service

Outreach defines the activities the Vet Center team uses toward locating and engaging veterans to provide them with information regarding readjustment counseling services. Vet Center staff members encounter and educate veterans about VA services and benefits at numerous outreach related events such as meetings, forums, fairs, and Post Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA) events.

The Committee recommended that Vet Centers ensure the continuation of the more traditional methods of community outreach in addition to the GWOT outreach performed at demobilization sites. The Committee also recommended that Vet Centers continue its current practice of participating in 100 percent of PDHRA events.

In 2004, the VA authorized the RCS Vet Center program to hire 50 OEF/OIF veterans to conduct outreach services. In 2005, VA authorized another 50 positions to be hired and positioned in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. We found that 100 (43 percent) out of 232 Vet Centers had an OEF/OIF Outreach Specialist on staff during FY 2008.

11 “Other” encompasses any service not listed. RCS does not aggregate the other category; therefore, they do not know if a service needs to be added to the services they routinely provide.

VA Office of Inspector General

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