Open house will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vet Center program that helps veterans returning from war readjust to civilian life.

An open house for the community will celebrate the 40th anniversary of a Rochester Vet Center program that helps veterans returning from war readjust to civilian life.

Veterans, family members, active duty service members and the community are invited to attend the open house on June 12 at the Vet Center, 2000 South Winton Road, Crossbridge Office Park, Building 5, Suite 201. The open house will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The Vet Center provides individual therapy around combat trauma, sexual trauma, depression and anxiety issues. Group therapy is also available that addresses combat trauma for veterans of all wars and conflicts, along with specialized groups focusing on issues like anger management, spousal support, couples’ work, parenting and others.

The Center employs seven counseling staff, including psychologists, social workers and a mental health counselor and two support staff; and yearly it treats about 600 veterans and family members (averaging over 10,000 visits per year).

A. Peter Ziarnowski, Director of the Vet Center for the past 16 years, recently was recognized by the Rochester Business Journal with a Health Care Achievement Award for excellence in Mental Health care, innovation and impact on the quality of care in the Greater Rochester Area.

The Vet Center is a program of the Department of Veterans Affairs and is one of 300 Vet Centers nationwide.