Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff – deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. This is a great resource for spouses as well as veterans.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
An innovative, automated system that allows military members to process certain discretionary pay data items without using paper forms. You can also get pay statements, tax forms, and travel advice.
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
Homeless Veterans, family members, and service providers can now use the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans to find help and resources. Call to speak to trained VA staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838).
US Department of Veteran Affairs
The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents.
Veterans Employment & Training Services (VETS)
This US Department of Labor program helps Veterans to maximize their job opportunities and protect their employment rights.
Substance Abuse Resources for Veterans
Many men and women retire from the military with memories they wish they didn’t have. For many of them, these plaguing thoughts have the power to wreak havoc on their lives and those of their loved ones. In many cases, veterans turn to drugs and alcohol as a result of various mental disorders associated with these thoughts, especially PTSD. Luckily, there are resources available to help.
Active Duty Military Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs reports that 1 in 10 veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have problems with drugs or alcohol. The department also shows that 1 in 3 veterans seeking treatment for a substance use disorder have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well. But there are many steps to help limit the chances that a veteran will develop a substance use disorder or mental health issues, and several of these methods start before and during active duty.
How Does Trauma Affect Sleep?
This is a great article regarding trauma and sleep. Military (and first responders) face more trauma then they realize and that affects your sleep. You can also check out the article Veterans and Sleep: Common Sleep Disorders in our Veteran Population.
ASSISTED LIVING BENEFITS FOR VETERANS
Veterans who are injured in the line of duty face many challenges when they return home, including the inability to live an independent life. Whether fully or partially disabled, many need assistance with daily activities. Thankfully, there are assisted living options that can help veterans who have disabilities, as well as elderly veterans who need help as they grow older. There are two basic ways for eligible veterans to receive assistance: obtain an assisted living benefit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or apply for residency in a veteran’s home.
Mesothelioma & Veterans – Info From Asbestos.com
This is a web resource that provides information about veterans, mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. They recently published an educational guide about veterans and asbestos health so make sure you check them out and stay up to date on the dangers faced while serving.