Veterans Crisis Line/Military Crisis Line: Assists veterans and service members in a crisis through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. 800-273-8255 and press 1, or visit www.veteranscrisisline.net
Defense Suicide Prevention Office: Suicide prevention programs for all service branches, the National Guard, Reserve, and V.A. www.dcoe.mil/PsychologicalHealthSuicide_Prevention.aspx
Homeless Veterans: National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless can contact the call center 24/7 for assistance accessing local support.
877-424-3838 or chat online: www.va.gov/homeless/national callcenter.asp
Mental Health Services and Support
Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans and Families: Information about the types of mental health services available at VA facilities, the types of facilities offering care, common mental health and substance use concerns, and programs offered for particular groups of veterans (e.g. women, older veterans, MST survivors).
Make the Connection: VA campaign to connect veterans, family members, and providers with information and available support, including stories from real veterans and a treatment and resource directory for finding local services. www.maketheconnection.net
Real Warriors: A campaign to encourage veterans, service members and their families to seek appropriate care for behavioral health concerns. The website features stories and print materials which providers can share in their community. www.realwarriors.net
Military Sexual Trauma
Safe Helpline: DoD-sponsored online and telephone helpline provides confidential support to MST (Military Sexual Trauma) survivors. 877-995-5247 or www.safehelpline.org/
VA MST (Military Sexual Trauma) Resources: The V has resources for survivors of MST and their providers, including information about most available programs and services, benefits, and provider trainings. www.mentalhealth.va.gov/msthome.asp
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
National Center for PTSD: Providers, veterans, service members and family members can visit the website for information about PTSD. www.ptsd.va.gov
Traumatic Brain Injury
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury: Veterans, service members and their families can access information on topics related to psychological health, find help and connect to a 24/7 help center. www.dcoe.mil/
Center for Women Veterans: An array of resources for female veterans and their families, for finding a job, help to file a medical claim, or for accessing their VA home loan and education benefits. www.va.gov/womentvet
Programs offering Personal Support
After Deployment: Information, self-assessments, and a forum for veterans, service members, and their families on a variety of common post-deployment challenges (such as anxiety, finances, and employment). www.afterdeployment.org
Military OneSource: Active Duty military members and their families can access confidential non-medical counseling online or via telephone. The site also provides resources for an array of challenges facing military families and assistance in navigating behavioral health, financial, deployment, separation, educational, and other concerns. http://www.militaryonescource.mil
VA/DoD Sponsored Apps: Several mobile Apps are available to assist veterans, service members, and their families reach health goals, deal with PTSD and other mental health conditions, and improve quality of life. https://mobile.va.gov/appstore
Wounded Warrior Project: Programs and supports to assist injured service members, including health, employment, and community involvement. http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Give an Hour: A nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to our nation’s military service members, veterans, and their loved ones. https://www.giveanhour.org/
Education: In 2015, the federal government allocated $16.4 billion for veteran education benefits. With the amount of money that is now available to servicemembers and their families in financial assistance, our education experts at BestColleges.com have created a guide to ensure that veterans can make the most of the financial aid available.
Our resource, Financial Aid Guide for Military and Veterans, has information on: