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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Military Veteran Reintegration Resources: Emergency Phone Numbers, Suicide Hotlines and Places to Get Help

Please reach out for help if you need it.

There are so many groups and individuals willing to listen to your problems or concerns, offer guidance, or even come to your aid if you're really struggling with an issue -- be it homelessness, suicidal thoughts or just having trouble with understanding your military benefits.

See the long list of options below.

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Need Immediate Help?

Veteran-to-Veteran Peer Counseling 1-877-VET2VET

Nat'l Veterans Foundation Help Line 1-888-777-4443 (M-F 9-9 Pacific)
Email help also available from NVF

Military OneSource - DOD contracted 1-800-342-9647 in USA (24/7)
1-800-3429-6477 outside of USA

Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline - Army assistance

VA Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

NY/NJ Veterans VA Nurses Helpline 1-800-877-6976

Gulf Coast VA Med Center Hot Line 1-800-507-4571

Suicide Hotlines

Suicide Help Online

Miles Foundation - Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault by Military Personnel 1-877-570-0688

Nat'l Coalition for Homeless Vets 1-800-VET-HELP

Veterans of the Vietnam War 1-800-843-8626

VA Office of the Inspector General Report Suspected Wrongdoing in VA Programs and Operations Call the OIG Hotline – (800) 488-8244

Where To Turn

If you're a vet suffering with PTSD, please know that you are not alone. Please take your symptoms seriously, and seek out any or all of the resources available to you. There are many.

From the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command website:

  • Fellow Soldiers - Talk to your friends about what you are feeling. Oftentimes it's a reality check ... a first line of defense.

  • Chain of Command - Team leaders, squad leaders, platoon sergeants/leaders, first sergeants, company/battalion/brigade commanders, command sergeants major.

  • Unit Ministry Teams - They're especially good at counseling.

  • Family Life Chaplains - Many have a Master's Degree in Counseling and will try to save a marriage; some will also work individually with the members of a couple.

  • Military One Source (Formerly Army One Source) - Call 1-800-342-9647, or visit the Web site. They offer six free sessions and it's anonymous.

  • Primary Care Managers - Many family practice physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are quite comfortable treating depression and sleep problems.

  • Community Mental Health Service - They usually have at least one psychiatrist and a variable number of psychologists and social workers on staff as well as behavioral health technicians.

  • TRICARE Counseling - Spouses can go for free. Service members can often share a family member's appointment for marriage counseling.

  • Veterans Administration - Or Veterans Centers.

  • Army Substance Abuse Program (formerly ADAPCP) - Especially helpful if the Soldier or family member has a problem with alcohol or drugs.

  • VA/DOD Joint Programs - Aimed at service members near retirement and currently operating at Forts Hood and Bliss.

  • Local Church Programs - Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Social Services, etc.

  • Army Community Services - Often coordinate/conduct stress management, anger management, parenting and other classes.

  • Online Community Bulletin Boards - A great resource to tap if you have questions; usually manned by veterans and military family members who've been through the same experiences.

  • The Internet - There is a truckload of solid information available on-line. Just do a search using the keyword PTSD.

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