San Luis Obispo Vet Center to hold grand opening Nov. 3

Veterans, their families and the general public are invited to a grand opening ceremony for the San Luis Obispo Vet Center Saturday. The event takes place at 2 p.m. at 1070 Southwood drive.

The center will provide quality readjustment counseling to veterans and families in a caring manner.

“We care,” said Steven Reeves, Pacific Western regional manager for the Vet Center program. “We are here within this community to support each and every combat veteran, including their families and significant others who walk through the doors of the San Luis Obispo Vet Center.”

“If you are a combat veteran, allow us an opportunity to meet you, discuss your service, answer your questions, but most importantly, to welcome you home,” Reeves said. “Whatever your war-era experience, just walk on in.’”

By many estimates, at least 10 percent of the county's 270,000 residents either are veterans or a family member of a veteran.

San Luis Obispo County is one of several nationwide to receive a new VA Vet Center, following Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki's announcement in 2009 that combat veterans will receive readjustment counseling and other assistance in communities across the country.

"Vet centers understand and appreciate veterans' war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community," according to Michi Riley of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.