Are You a Veteran or Concerned About One?
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. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
SIGNS OF CRISIS: People experience emotional and mental health crises in response to a wide range of situations -- from difficulties in their personal relationships to the loss of a job. For Veterans, these crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service. When emotional issuses reach a crisis point, it's time to call on the Veterans Crisis Line for support.
Sometimes a crisis may involve thoughts of suicide. Learn to recognize these warning signs:
* Hopelessness, feeling like there's no way out
* Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
* Feeling like there is no reason to live
* Rage or anger
* Engaging in risky activities without thinking
* Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
* Withdrawing from family and friends
The following signs require immediate attention:
* Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
* Looking for ways to kill yourself
* Talking about death, dying, or suicide
* Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.
If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran who is experiencing any of these signs, call the Veterans Crisis Line immediately. Responders are standing by to help.
This is a free service that offers information, creates connections and gives hope to struggling military and veteran families.
It's answered by experienced problem-solvers who care deeply about veterans and their families and who have the contacts and knowledge needed to get each caller help.
Sometimes the best way to help an American war hero, is just to listen, get to the heart of the problem, and find the right kind of assistance in his or her local community.
That's the important job of the toll-free Military and Veteran Family Helpline.
The Military and Veteran Family Helpline:
* Provides caring, compassionate listening.
* Helps put the "puzzle" together and find lasting solutions.
* Makes meaningful and relevant connections to services that assist the caller, providing advocacy.
* Partners with human service organizations, veteran service groups and service officers.
This is a helpline, not a hotline. It is answered Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, except holidays. Messages left after hours are answered the next business day. You can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be Heard. Be Helped.
Call for any reason. All calls are answered and no caller is turned away.
* DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS
P.O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301
Made up exclusively of men and women disabled in our nation's defense, the Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to one, single purpose -- building better lives for the nation's disabled veterans and their families.
* THE MILITARY VETERAN PROJECT
The Military Veteran Project is a volunterr-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury to assist with suicide prevention for PRE & POST 9/11 Veterans.
* PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA
PVA National Headquarters 801 Eighteenth Street
NW Washington, DC 20006-3517
* VETERANS DISABILITY BENEFITS COMMISSION
Established by Congress in 2005, the Commission was charged with performing an in-depth analysis of VA benefits and services provided to veterans and their survivors for deaths and disabilities. See their report at http://www.vetscommission.org/reports.asp
* DEFENSE CENTERS OF EXCELLENC FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH & TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY/CAREGIVING
* VETERAN CAREGIVER
Veteran Caregiver was developed squarely in response to expressed challenges by Wounded Warrior and Veteran families, and Veteran Affairs leadership.
* A SOLDIERS CHILD
Their mission is to serve the children of fallen active duty military personnel who have given their lives while defending the United States of America
* AMERICAN WIDOW PROJECT
Serving our nation's widows