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About Grand Junction Vet Center

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Grand Junction Vet Center

2472 F Road, Unit #16

Grand Junction, CO 81505

970-245-4156

The Grand Junction Vet Center has been providing focused mental-health counseling to help veterans and victims of military sexual trauma on the Western Slope for more than five years. In addition to its formal location near the Mesa Mall in Grand Junction, the center also sends its counselors into many of the communities beyond the Grand Valley (Delta, Montrose, Moab, Rifle, and Glenwood Springs).

“The concept is based on the store-front counseling centers established after the Vietnam War to reach a veteran who refused to go to a VA Medical Center,” said George Delahanty, one of three counselors at the vet center. “Two of our four staff members are veterans themselves, so we understand the language veterans speak.”

Recent legislation now authorizes the center to provide counseling services to certain active-duty service member and their families.

Staff’s goal is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach and referral service to eligible veterans and assist them as they make the transition to civilian life.

“Most combat vets do well the first few months after they get out, but some may begin to notice a few warning signs that something isn’t quite right after a while,” team leader Dave Hildebrandt said. “That’s where we come in, and we can help a veteran sort through it — whether what they are experiencing is normal readjustment or something a little deeper where counseling might be useful.”

Veterans should stop by and talk to center staff for more information.

“We never charge to meet with any veteran, and we are allowed to meet with a veteran two or three times before determining if the veteran is eligible for our services,” Hildebrandt noted.


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