Military veterans require a broad range of unique physical and mental health care, much of which is provided for by the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. But it can be challenging for veterans and their families to navigate those government systems and to find the specialized, long-term care they need. The following organizations provide services and support for U.S. military veterans facing difficult health challenges.
The VA works to provide integrated health care to veterans in it’s more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers and other facilities. In addition the VA administers a variety of benefits, including for burial, and is responsible for 131 cemeteries.
This crisis prevention hotline offers confidential assistance 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1. The hotline is staffed by responders trained to address the needs and concerns of service members and veterans. Around-the-clock help can also be accessed by sending a text message to 838255 or via online chat. Deaf and hard of hearing support for callers is available.
Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization that provides free mental health services to U.S. military personnel and families affected by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their site offers multiple search options to help find the provider in your area that best fits your situation.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat: however, the organization has many services available to all veterans. For instance, the service program offers assistance with the VA and filing claims for the V.A. benefits that are available.