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New support center for veterans coming to Leesburg

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In an ever increasing effort to support the tens of thousands of veterans living in northern Virginia, a new veterans center is set to open in Leesburg in early 2018.

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Va.-10th) and Loudoun County Supervisor Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge District) announced today the upcoming opening of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center Community Access Center. The facility, to be located at 751 Miller Dr., will serve veterans as well as active duty military personnel and their families in Loudoun, Clarke and western Fairfax counties.

“The Leesburg Access Center will provide certified counseling services for our veterans, active duty military, and their families with mental health needs, and I am excited to see this much-needed facility come to Loudoun County,” Comstock said in a prepared statement.

Currently, a veteran has to travel to either the VA Hospital in Martinsburg, West Virginia, or a veterans' center in Alexandria to receive the same type of care they will be able to find at the Leesburg Vet Center Access Center, Comstock said.

Comstock said the idea for the center came after hosting a Veterans Jobs Fair in June. Dr. Heather West from the VA Vet Center spoke to her about the need for a Vet Center presence in Loudoun County.

“The Vet Center staff strives to provide the best possible readjustment counseling services to our veterans and service member clients. It is an honor and privilege to be able to do this for the veteran community in Loudoun County,” West, the Vet Center Director, said in a prepared statement.

Comstock said the opening of the facility would not have been possible without the help of Buffington, who is a Marine Corps veteran, Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet and their staffs.

Buffington, in a prepared statement, said he's specifically glad to see veterans receiving much-needed mental health services.

The Leesburg Vet Center will serve as another tool in a network of veterans services. The recently launched Ashburn Department of Veterans Services facility connects veterans with benefits and counseling. The Ashburn center will now be able to refer local vets to help right in Leesburg.

Specifically, the Vet Center offers a certified counselor that helps veterans and their families with mental health needs. The services includes PTSD, marriage and family counseling, military sexual trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, and depression.

The Vet Center is a federal program connected to the Department of Veterans Affairs; however, it is its own entity and does not report to VA Medical Centers, Comstock’s office said.


How about expanding and including a VA Outpatient Clinic like the one they have in Winchester? That is a very valuable resource to the veteran community in and around Frederick County, Virginia who are faced with the same commute issues. They would have to drive to Martinsburg, WV or to Alexandria.

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