Local veterans have many options for medical and mental health care

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio and the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System in Harlingen are joining VA efforts to better serve veterans living in Victoria and Nueces Counties.

“We are working to provide veterans expanded choice in their community and high-quality health care, when and where they need it,” said South Texas VA Medical Center Director and CEO Christopher Sandles. “In addition, VA uses advanced Telehealth technology as a critical tool to ensure veterans, especially rural veterans, can conveniently access care.”

In Victoria and Nueces Counties, veterans may access primary, mental health, and specialty services at the VA locations below.

VA also offers many Telehealth options and 24-hour hotlines for increased access to health care providers.

Victoria VA Outpatient Clinic

1908 North Laurent Street, Suite 150, Victoria, TX 77901-5417

Tel: 361-582-7700

Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm

In addition to primary health care, the Victoria VA Outpatient Clinic offers mental health, nutrition, social work, and medication management services to eligible veterans. In addition, a wide range of Telehealth services using high-definition video technology are available.

These include audiology and hearing tests, physical and occupational therapy, chaplain, dermatology, retinal examinations, polytrauma treatment for traumatic brain injuries and amputations, sleep disorders, neurology, pain management, and geriatric care.

Victoria VA Counseling Services

Tel: 361-854-9961

In the Victoria area, counseling services are available from a community provider for such issues as Post-Traumatic Stress, Military Sexual Trauma, bereavement counseling, and marriage and family therapy.

Veterans and family members are asked to contact the director of Corpus Christi Vet Center for eligibility requirements and pre-authorization.

Beeville VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic

302 South Hillside Drive, Beeville, TX 78102-5333

Tel: 361-358-9912
Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm

In addition to primary health care, the Beeville VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic offers physical examinations, vaccines, routine laboratory and X-rays, prescriptions, and Telehealth.

The clinic also contracts with local community providers to provide primary care closer to where veterans live and work.

Corpus Christi Outpatient Clinic & PACT Annex

5283 Old Brownsville Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78405-3908

Tel: 361-806-5645

Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm

In addition to nutrition, mental health, social work, radiology and ultrasound, homeless program, and Telehealth, the Corpus Christi VA Outpatient Clinic offers nine Patient-Aligned Care Teams to provide primary health care to eligible veterans.

Corpus Christi VA Specialty Outpatient Clinic

205 South Enterprize Parkway, Corpus Christi, TX 78405-4118

Tel: 361-939-6510

Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm

The Corpus Christi VA Specialty Outpatient Clinic offers such specialty services as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) ventilator, dental, sleep disorders, mental health, physical therapy, orthopedics, podiatry, pulmonary, cardiology services, laboratory, pharmacy, battlefield acupuncture, and Telehealth. ​​

Telecare Hotline

Tel: 1-888-686-6350

Available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, veterans with health-related concerns or questions are encouraged to call the Telecare Hotline at 1-888-686-6350. This service has bilingual capability.

Corpus Christi Vet Center

4646 Corona Suite 250, Corpus Christi, TX 78411

Tel: 361-854-9961

Monday, Wednesday – Friday, 8am – 7:30pm; Tuesday, 7am – 7:30pm;
and 1st & 3rd Saturday, 9am – 1pm

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers providing a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services, free-of-charge in a safe and confidential environment to eligible Veterans, active duty service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and their families.

Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma.

Services include, but are not limited to, Post-Traumatic Stress, Military Sexual Trauma, and bereavement counseling; marriage and family therapy; resources for suicide intervention; and assistance with VA benefits.

To further serve Veterans and family members, the Corpus Christi Vet Center provides services after normal work hours and/or on weekends upon request.

Vet Center staff also use Mobile Vet Centers, 34-foot “office on wheels” equipped with satellite communications, to reach rural and underserved communities.

Vet Center Call Center

Tel: 1-877-WAR VETS

Veterans and family members who need immediate assistance are encouraged to call the Vet Center Call Center at 1-877-WAR VETS (1.877.927.8387).

This is an around-the-clock, free, confidential call center where Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life.

Veterans Crisis Line

Tel: 1-800-273-8255

Veterans in crisis or family members concerned about a loved one may call 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255 to reach caring, qualified responders 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

Finally, effective June 6 under the MISSION Act, VA has added approved non-VA medical providers in the community to its network. Depending on a veteran’s individual situation — for example, if a certain type of health service is not provided by VA — a veteran may be able to go to a “community care provider” using his or her VA coverage. Visit www.missionact.va.gov for details.

The information in this article is from a press release written by Lana Shuman representing South Texas Veterans Health Care System, San Antonio and VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, Harlingen.