Veterans, families and the community were invited to tour the new location of the Knoxville Vet Center on Friday during an open house. 

The building is larger than years past and it offers a range of services for men and women who have served our country. 

It has made a big difference in John Hege. He served 28 years in the Air Force and was in the Vietnam War. Over the course of his career, he has seen enough to last a lifetime. 

“It doesn’t hit you, this PTSD and all this other stuff. It doesn’t hit you later and you don’t realize it,” said Hege. 

Hege is now able to talk about his experiences in war during group therapy and other counseling opportunities available to him. 

“We bring out things that people don’t know about, but we know about. We talk among one another and it’s a big help. I mean, it’s amazing,” said Hege. 

The resources aren’t new to veterans in this area. The Knoxville Vet Center has been around since the 1980s. At this new location, there’s a lot more space to work. 

“It’s individualized of whatever the veteran is wanting to work on and move forward,” said Emily Feeback, the director of the Knoxville Vet Center. “It’s a pleasure to be here to welcome home our veterans and give the families support as they reintegrate into the community.”

Hege adds, “To come to a place like this, if you have a problem, the door is always open and I guarantee you, they’re going to help you. It’s nice to have something like this.”

The Knoxville Vet Center is located at 1645 Downtown West Blvd, #28, Knoxville, TN, 37919. The Mobile Vet Center also travels across counties in the Tennessee community to reach veterans in rural areas.