Resources for Veterans, Their Families, & Friends of Veterans
Addiction Center.com (PTSD Outreach)https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Suicide Prevention Online Chat: “Live Chat” Icon http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Veterans/
National Center for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
PTSD Program Locator Online: http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/PTSD_flsh.asp?isFlash=1
Veteran Combat Call Center: Staffed by combat Veterans 24 hours/day: 1-877- WAR VETS (1877-927-8387)
Transitioning to civilian life after combat: www.vetcenters.va.gov 1-800-905-4675(Eastern time); 1-866-496-8838(Pacific)
Find your local VA Medical Center: www.va.gov (click on “Locations”) or call 1-877-222-8387
VA Health Benefits: 1-877-222-8387 (VETS)
Benefits Information & Assistance: 1-800-827-1000
Education & Training: 1-888-442-4551
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: 1-877-4AID VET (424-3838)
Military Sexual Trauma (MST): 1-800-827-1000 or ask at your local facility. Feel free to request a provider of the gender with whom you would feel the most comfortable.
DrugRehab.com: Provide information and answers for people fighting addiction. PTSD is a debilitating mental disorder that affects people who have lived through a traumatic event or prolonged trauma. Among those with PTSD, co-occurring disorders are frequent and sufferers may use substances to "self-medicate" as a way to treat symptoms. https://www.drugrehab.com/co-occurring-disorder/ptsd/
What to Say & What Not to Say to a Combat Veteran
- A little goes a long way - “Thank You” and “Welcome Home” are always appropriate.
- Let the Veteran lead the conversation.
- It is best to talk with a Veteran in a quiet place, one on one, perhaps over a meal.
- Do not ask a Veteran if he or she killed anyone.
- Do not ask about the experience of watching friends die.
- Remember to also thank our Veteran and Military families; they also serve