Vet Center helps veterans across the country

A Vet Center stress ball in Casper, Wyo. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) The Vet Center helps veterans dealing with mental health issues. A part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, it has counselling centers across the country, including in Casper, Wyo. and Cheyenne, Wyo.

“We do several different things. There’s obviously the trauma treatment that we do. We use a lot of EMDR, cognitive processing therapy, but we also do more group supports for combat veterans," Casper Vet Center Director Danielle Smith said.

In addition to combat veterans, she said the Vet Center treats those who have experienced military sexual trauma, service members who worked in military hospitals close to deployed areas and veterans who operated drones.

Staff help veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health issues free of charge.

A veteran, Smith said her military experience makes it easier to connect with vets seeking help.

“When you meet another veteran you’ve got something in common already. And being able to use military terms and jargon and slang and stuff like that, they don’t have to try to explain themselves. We get it,” she said.

The Casper Vet Center is located at 1030 N. Poplar St., suite B. The Cheyenne facility is located at 3219 E. Pershing Blvd. Both are open Monday through Friday.