Mental Health Resources for Veterans

Connecting Vets

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Connecting Vets
June 12, 2018 - 11:00 am

If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, there are helpful, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

VA Crisis Line call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. 

Veterans, troops or their families members can also text 838255.


Suicide Prevention

About Face is produced by the VA’s National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and features informational videos and real stories of veterans dealing with PTS.

Department of Veteran Affairs provides a 24 hour veteran crisis line, self-check quiz and other medical resources for veterans who might consider or have considered suicide.

Headstrong  We provide post-9/11 military veterans with free mental health care that works.

Mission 22 aims to spread awareness of suicide in the veteran community with their #Mission22 campaign.

National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide operates multiple retreat projects and small groups for veterans and their families.

National Alliance on Mental Illness  is dedicated to connecting veterans with government and non-governmental agencies that can help them work through any mental health issues they might be facing.

Stop Soldier Suicide empowers the military community and their families by providing free mental health resources and TBI/PTS assistance.

The Soldiers Project provides free and confidential counseling and treatment to service members in their families

Trauma and Resiliency Resources Warrior Camp is a free week-long treatment for veterans who dealing with the trauma of moral injury. 

Retreats & Therapy

Boulder Crest Retreat provides rest and reconnection programs for military families and an opportunity for combat veterans to unwind. ConnectingVets visited the retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains to learn more about their programs.

BraveHearts Riding provides equine-assisted activities and therapies with teams of expert staff, dedicated volunteers and therapy horses at multiple safe and caring facilities.

Camp Patriot is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to empower and thank wounded and disabled military veterans of all generations though their outdoor programs.

Gratitude America offers restorative retreats for service members, veterans and their families affected by combat related stress and traumatic brain injury.

Heroes On The Water  helps veterans unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing, kayaking and paddling.

Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers and renews hope for wounded service members and their families through health, wellness and therapeutic support.

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center establishes an environment that is responsive to the needs of veterans and military families using creative therapies and processes that focus on emotional and physical healing.

Operation Oasis ministry was designed to help military families reconnect following the long and challenging separation caused by war…and to say, “Thank you and welcome home!”

Operation Second Chance is committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill combat veterans by building relationships, identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. 

Operation Restored Warrior is open to all faiths, bringing together mission, healing and ministry to places and memories within the warrior’s heart that need the hope, the healing and the power of God through experiential, multiple day, wilderness setting “counterattacks”.

Project Sanctuary supports military families where they are right now by addressing mental health first, taking families from battle ready to family ready.

Team Red, White, and Blue enriches the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Vets On The River offers therapeutic canoe and kayak trips throughout national parks.

Wins for Warriors creates opportunities and events for military and veteran families to bond through sports and family-friendly activities in the Detroit, Michigan area.

University of Utah Center for Veteran Studies sponsors free 2-week retreats in the calming mountains of Park City, Utah.


Service and Companion Animals

Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pets links active duty service members, wounded warriors and veterans with companion and service animals.

Pets for Patriots aims to end animal homelessness by providing shelter dogs and cats to veterans as companion animals.

Pets for Vets rescues sheltered dogs and pairs them with a veteran who is suffering with PTSD, TBI, or other mental health issues as a companion.

Semper K9 trains service dogs to provide physical and emotional support to U.S. Armed Forces veterans and their families. We interviewed Christopher and Amanda Baity, the husband and wife team behind the organization.


Cigna's Veteran Support Line:  855.244.6211 is for all veterans, their families and caregivers – whether or not the veteran is a Cigna customer.  It is a free national service available 24/7/365 days a year. 

Cohen Veteran Network is responsible for free client-centered mental health clinics around the US specializing in helping veterans with stress.

PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring to our combat veterans and their families with post traumatic stress.


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