Help For Veterans

Many of us who have served in the military were conditioned to be strong, to not be afraid, to suck it up and soldier on. Make no mistake, there are good things about being conditioned that way. Some of it helps us through good times and bad. However, there is no shame in getting help. There are people that love you and want to help you. We are here for you any time any place. To learn more about PTSD click here.

If you are a Veteran, or are a caregiver or family member of a Veteran, there are resources to help you deal with specific concerns:

If you feel that you or your Veteran is in crisis, contact the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press “1.” You can also use the online chat, email, or texting service of the Veterans Crisis Line for immediate needs.

Call the 24/7 Veteran Combat Call Center 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran, or visit the Vet Center homepage to ask about local support groups.

The VA Caregiver Support Line provides services and support to family members who are taking care of a Veteran. Call 1-855-260-3274 or visit VA Caregiver Support.

If you are a Veteran who wants to share your knowledge and experience with other Veterans dealing with mental health conditions, learn about VA’s Peer Specialist and Peer Support Apprentice positions.

Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) Outreach Center provides 24/7 information on psychological health and traumatic brain injury. Consultants can help you locate community resources by phone (1-866-966-1020) or email.

For children with parents who have deployed, the Department of Defense created MilitaryKidsConnect (MKC) an online resource for kids to find information and support.

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Facts about PTSD and the Military. Please share to help raise awareness!

When you are in the military, you may see combat. You may have been on missions that exposed you to horrible and life-threatening experiences. These types of events can lead to PTSD.

The number of Veterans with PTSD varies by service era:

Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year.

Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.

Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15%) were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30%) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.

Other factors in a combat situation can add more stress to an already stressful situation. This may contribute to PTSD and other mental health problems. These factors include what you do in the war, the politics around the war, where the war is fought, and the type of enemy you face.

Please reach out to any Veterans that you know. Let them know that they matter and they are not alone.
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