Vet Center

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Vet Center
Readjustment Counseling Services

1-877-war-vets (927-8387

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Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County has Vet Center Services available two days a week, Mondays and Tuesdays.  We have a counselor that comes up from Farmington, NM.

Our current counselor Charles Benway LMSW will be available Monday and Tuesday for counseling.

Contact Charles at:  505-327-9684, Thursday & Friday to setup your appointment.

Below are excerpts from the Vet Center pocket handbook available from

About Vet Centers

Vet centers provide readjustment counseling services to all Veterans who served in any combat zone.  These services are provided in a comfortable, confidential, secure and private setting, and without stigma or embarrassment.  Services are also available for their family members for military related issues.  Veterans have earned these benefits, which are provided at no cost to the Veteran or family, through their service to their country.


Vet Centers serve Veterans and their families by providing a continuum of quality care that adds value for Veterans, families and communities.  Care includes:

  • Professional readjustment counseling
  • Community education
  • Outreach to special populations
  • Brokering of services with community agencies
  • Referring Veterans to other services in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)


  • Vietnam War: 28 February 1961 – 7 May 1975
  • Korean War:  27 June 1950 – 27 July 1954
  • World war II:  7 December 1941 – December 1946
  • American Merchant Marines: In the ocean-going service during the period of armed conflict, 7 December 1941 – 15 August 1945
  • Vietnam-era Veterans (not in the war zone):  5 August 1964 – 7 May 1975 (Eligible until 1 January 2004)
  • Lebanon:  25 August 1982 – 26 February 1984
  • Grenada:  23 October 1983 – 21 November 1983
  • Panama:  20 December 1989 – 31 January 1990
  • Persian Gulf:  2 August 1990 – Terminal date yet to be established
  • Somalia:  17 September 1992 – Terminal date yet to be established
  • Bosnia:  21 November 1995 – 1 November 2007
  • Kosovo:  24 March 1999 – Terminal date yet to be established


Operations Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard, Joint Forge:

Veterans who participated in one or more of these three successive operations in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, aboard U.S. Naval vessels operating in the Adriatic Sea, or air spaces above those areas).

Global War on Terrorism

Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn:  Veterans who serve or have served in the military expeditions to combat terrorism on or after 11 September 2001, and before terminal date yet to be established.

Sexual trauma/ harassment counseling

Any Veteran regardless of gender or era of service.

Bereavement counseling

Parents, spouses, children and siblings of Armed Forces personnel who died in the service of their country.  Family members of Reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on federally activated duty.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please visit our nearest Vet Center.  Vet Center locations can be found at .

Where Are The Vet Centers Located?

The almost 300 community-based Vet Centers are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  All Locations are listed on the Vet Center website:

Who Provides Vet Centers services?

Each Vet Center is staffed with professionals trained in readjustment counseling to ensure a smooth transition from military life to life at home.  Veterans constitute the majority of the staff at Vet Centers, with over 50% having served in a war zone.  They are committed to you and your needs.


NOTE:  The Vet Center staff respects the privacy of all Veterans, and we hold in strictest confidence all information disclosed in the counseling process.  No information will be communicated to any person or agency without written consent from the Veteran, except in circumstances to avert a crisis.

(Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, 1996)