Life in the military has taught you to be strong in the face of some of life’s most difficult obstacles. It’s also taught you to expect the unexpected.
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As a veteran, you know hardships can happen in every corner of life. If you or someone you know needs support, your military family is committed to helping. Assistance is at hand.
Non-medical counseling for veterans
When life throws you a curveball, you might need to talk to someone who gets it. Veterans have several options for confidential non-medical counseling.
- To receive non-medical counseling from Military OneSource as a veteran, you must be within 365 days of separation from the military.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers the Vet Center Program that provides quality readjustment counseling. If you have served in any combat zone, you and your family are eligible. Vet Centers can be found all across the U.S.
Risk factors and treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
People who live through a traumatic event sometimes suffer its effects long after the danger has passed. Several factors play a role in developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, so there is no way to know who will or won’t experience it. The good news is treatment is available, and early treatment may help reduce long-term symptoms.
- Read about the risk factors and what to look for.
- Visit the VA’s National Center for PTSD for access to online coaching and mobile apps.
- Do you have the symptoms or know someone who does? Head to VA.gov for information on how to speak with someone immediately if you’re in a crisis.
- Find your nearest VA hospital or clinic through the Veterans Health Administration.
Alcohol and substance abuse programs
- While anyone can be at risk of alcohol and substance abuse, there are several aspects of military life that can trigger it. Understand the signs of a substance abuse problem.
- If you find yourself repeatedly engaging in activities that have a negative impact on your life, you might be engaging in addictive behavior. Learn more about the signs.
- You can also find support through Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar programs. To find a program near you, call SAHMSA’s National Helpline at 800-662-4357 or find treament centers online.
- The VA provides effective treatment services for all eligible veterans. Options include therapy as well as medications in some cases. To get help, speak with your existing VA healthcare provider or call 800-827-1000.
Housing assistance and help for homeless veterans
- Delinquency and assistance for housing loans
- Veteran homelessness
Help for suicide prevention
If you’re having suicidal thoughts or you’re concerned about a loved one, don’t hesitate. Have a confidential talk with a professional who knows how to help.
- The Veterans Crisis Line is always open. Call for help or chat online 24/7 at no cost. Speak to qualified Veteran Affairs responders who understand the challenges of military life. They know — many are veterans themselves. Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered nearly 2.4 million callers and engaged in nearly 294,000 chats.
- The Defense Suicide Prevention Office is committed to developing suicide prevention efforts among all stakeholders in the military services. From best practices to resources for family and friends, help is available.
Every veteran is valuable and deserves our support. As a military family, we’re committed to supporting veterans’ strength and resilience. Don’t hesitate to reach out and get the care you need.