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Veterans Crisis Line

People who know a veteran best may be the first to recognize emotional distress and reach out for support. If you know a veteran who is in crisis, call 1-800-273-8255.

Review Date: November 08, 2012

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

The VA National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline offers free access to trained counselors. Call 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838). Services are provided 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Frequently Asked Questions About PTSD

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event.

Review Date: February 17, 2011

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Video)

In the last decade, the United States has experienced a series of man-made and natural disasters. This video focuses on NIMH research in the area of traumatic stress reactions, and specifically, mental health issues among U.S. service members.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

After Deployment - Health and Wellness

This health and wellness program is designed to provide tools to help balance the competing demands of work, family and leisure. Check out the videos of others who are dealing with conflicting demands, and explore the e-library for in-depth information.

Review Date: July 09, 2012

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

American Amputee Foundation Resource Directory

Find organizations offering amputee and disability related information, including amputee support groups, independent living centers, and state vocational rehabilitation centers.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

American Amputee Foundation, Inc

Anthrax Vaccine Facts

This Department of Defense site provides information on the threat of anthrax as a weapon, the disease caused by anthrax, and the anthrax vaccine.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Defense

Center for Women Veterans - FAQs- (PDF)

Find out what services are available to women veterans, how to access benefits and services, mental health support, and more.

Review Date: May 09, 2012

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Disabled American Veterans: Benefits Assistance

Find free benefit assistance available to veterans and their families with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense, and other government agencies.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

Disabled American Veterans

Financial Assistance for Prostheses and Other Assistive Devices

Find organizations that provide financial assistance to individuals unable to afford costs related to prosthetic fitting and durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, ramps, and other adaptive equipment.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Amputee Coalition of America

For Veterans and the General Public - National Center for PTSD

The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) offers support to veterans and their family members. Resources for other trauma survivors is available as well.

Review Date: February 17, 2011

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Help Near Home for VA Caregivers

Through VA's Caregiver Support Line and Caregiver Support Coordinators, you can find the support you need to provide the Veteran you care for with the best care at home. Call 855-260-3274 to access services and benefits.

Review Date: June 16, 2011

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Helping Children Cope with Deployments and Reunions

Children respond differently to a parent’s deployment depending on their age and maturity level. Negotiate the stages of deployment with tips on helping children cope while Mom or Dad is deployed.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

My HealtheVet

This site offers veterans, active duty service members, their dependents and caregivers anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services.

Review Date: May 30, 2012

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

National Resource Directory for Members of the Military, Veterans, and Their Families

This resource for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans, their families offers information on benefits, employment, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation, and other services.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

New Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans

Primary family caregivers of eligible post-9/11 veterans may apply for a monthly stipend, mental health services and access to health-care insurance if not already entitled to care.

Review Date: February 28, 2013

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Operation Healthy Reunions

Operation Healthy Reunions provides helpful information on such topics as reuniting with your spouse and children, adjusting after war, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Review Date: January 26, 2012

Mental Health America

Programs and Services: National Amputation Foundation

The National Amputation Foundation provides peer counseling for individuals facing amputation, hospital and nursing home visits, and a medical equipment give-a-way program.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Amputation Foundation

PTSD Overview

Learn about common reactions to trauma, hear real stories of those who have dealt with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and find help for Veterans and the general public.

Review Date: November 29, 2011

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Recovery and the Military: Treating Veterans and Their Families

This webcast explores alcohol and drug addiction among veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder and other contributing stressors, and the effect of addiction on families. Addiction treatment issues, and the service options available to vets and their families, are discussed too.

Review Date: February 15, 2013

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Resources Especially for Military Families

Part of military life involves frequent geographic moves. Moving is more challenging when there’s a child in the family who has a disability. Find organizations and resources listed here to help you make easier transitions from one location to another.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Send a Message to Your Military Dad

You can let a military dad know just how much you miss him. Simply fill out this form and dad will receive an e-mail letting him know that there is a special message waiting for him.

Review Date: December 17, 2012

National Fatherhood Initiative

Tips for New Amputees and their Families and Friends

Most of the members of the National Amputation Foundation have been living with amputations for most of their adult lives. Learn more about their direct experiences, as well as those of recent amputees.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

National Amputation Foundation

Treatment Facilities - U.S. Army Medical Department

Find U.S. Army Medical Department medical centers, community hospitals and health centers that offer health care for soldiers, retired soldiers and the families of both.

Review Date: January 26, 2012

Office of the Surgeon General of the Army, Department of Defense

TRICARE Military Health System

TRICARE is the health care program serving active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, their families, survivors and certain former spouses worldwide.

Review Date: May 09, 2012

Office of the Secretary of Defense

TRICARE Military Treatment Facilities Locator

This document lists Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) that can be searched alphabetically, regionally, or by state. All of the facilities listed serve active duty members and their families.

Review Date: May 09, 2012

U.S. Department of Defense

VA PTSD Program Locator

Search for a specialized Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment program near you. Contact any VA medical center to find a PTSD specialist who provides treatment for Veterans with PTSD. If you are in crisis, dial 911 or 1-800-273-TALK/8255.

Review Date: September 22, 2011

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Veterans Affairs Facilities Locator

Veterans, their families and persons caring for veterans can use the resource to find facilities that provide care for veterans.

Review Date: January 26, 2012

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Benefits

Veterans Benefits Department (VBD) provide free, comprehensive benefits assistance and advocacy to paralyzed veterans, their families, and disabled veterans. These services range from bedside visits to guidance in the VA claims process to legal representation for appealing denied claims.

Review Date: November 02, 2011

Paralyzed Veterans of America

VHA Office of Telehealth Services

Learn how the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is using health informatics, disease management and telehealth technologies to provide better access and health care to Veterans.

Review Date: February 04, 2011

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Videos: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Veterans

These educational videos for veterans and the general public can be viewed online. The topics include recovery, treatment, assessment and more. Also included is a video series that is specific to issues for ethnic minority veterans.

Review Date: February 05, 2013

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

What Is the Real Warriors Campaign? (FAQ)

This multimedia public education campaign is designed to increase awareness among service members of the availability of psychological health and traumatic brain injury resources. The campaign stresses information for families and employers on how to encourage service members to get the help they need.

Review Date: March 28, 2012

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Wounded Veteran Initiative - Canine Companions for Independence

Learn how assistance dogs can assist war veterans make a new start after sustaining an injury and provide the help needed to regain independence.

Review Date: February 15, 2011

Canine Companions for Independence, Inc.

YMCA Military Outreach Initiative and Respite Child Care

The YMCA offers memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support during deployment.

Review Date: February 05, 2013

YMCA of the USA