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Veterans & Veterans’ Families Counselling Service

Jan 20, 2017



Who is VVCS?

VVCS provides free confidential counselling and group program services to support the mental health and wellbeing of the Australian veteran and ex-service community and their families, irrespective of which theatre they served in.

The VVCS Legacy

The Vietnam War was a difficult chapter in Australia’s history. For those who served, the experience forged strong bonds and a commitment to look out for each other. This deep sense of mateship, led Vietnam veterans to lobby for a specialised counselling and support service for veterans and their families. In 1982, the Australian Government established the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service (VVCS). Access to VVCS has since been extended to veterans of all conflicts, their families, and other members of the ADF and ex-service community. Reflecting this, the service was renamed, VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service in 2007. VVCS is the legacy of Australia’s Vietnam veterans. They have ensured that future generations of serving men and women will have access to specialised mental health and wellbeing support.

Why the FAAAA Supports VVCS

VVCS is an important service available to both Serving and ex-Service veterans. The FAAA will continue to provide links and information to assist members who may wish to contact it. 

 About VVCS 

VVCS provides free, confidential counselling and group program services to support the mental health and wellbeing of the Australian veteran and ex-service community and their families. VVCS counsellors and staff have an understanding of veteran and military culture that assists them to deliver specialised support and care to members of this community.

Contact VVCS

Contact VVCS by calling1800 011 046**Free local call. Calls from pay phones and some mobiles may incur charges.During business hours – connects to the nearest VVCS Centre. After business hours – connects with Veterans Line, the VVCS after-hours telephone crisis counselling service.Or by visiting

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