VA, Vet center offering support for vets affected by Vietnam War documentary

Soldiers on patrol during the Vietnam War. Documentariand Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have created a 10-part film, “The Vietnam War,” premiering on Sept 17 on PBS. SPECIAL

The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center and the Augusta Vet Center are offering support services to veterans who may be emotionally impacted by the Ken Burns 10-part series, “The Vietnam War.”

The documentary, which chronicles the war and U.S. involvement in it, is now airing on local PBS stations. A news release from the VA center states that it also recognizes “how the series may have an emotional impact on not just the area Vietnam Veterans, but also on all who have served in a combat zone or related hostilities.”

“The Vet Center stands ready to offer counseling services for those Veterans and active duty service members to further examine the impact of both the documentary and the war on their lives,” the release states. “In line with this assistance, the Vet Center has a unique mission within our community. It offers readjustment counseling services to both Veterans and active duty service members who served in combat or have been affected by military sexual trauma.”

The center’s hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

The Vet Center can be reached at (706) 729-5762. After hours calls will be connected to the Vet Center Call Center for initial contact and then a counselor from the Augusta Vet Center will return your call the following morning. Additionally, the VA Crisis Line can offer immediate assistance to Veterans in distress and can be reached at (800) 273-8255 and by pressing 1, by texting 838255 or, by clicking on the 24/7 confidential chat support button at https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx.

 

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