Below are service branch specific and various other links to resources that may be of help to active duty service members, wounded Warriors, Veterans, caretakers, and their family members. This is just the TIP of the iceberg for help and support. If you can’t find the help you need below, contact us, we may be able to put you in touch with someone who can help you.
The one thing to remember is YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
If it’s a crisis situation the first step would be to call 911 OR the Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
If you call 911 on behalf of a Veteran please be sure to tell the 911 operator it is a Veteran you are calling about.
OR Click HERE for CONFIDENTIAL CHAT AT THEIR WEBSITE
Call for yourself or someone you care about. Free and confidential.
A network of more than 150 crisis centers nationwide
Resources:Together We Served – No Stronger Bond An exclusive online community where military veterans come together to rekindle old friendships, share memories, and record the legacy of their military story.
Wounded, Injured & Ill
2017 Wounded, Ill, And/Or Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook (downloads as a .pdf), The Office of Warrior Care Policy, published September 2016.
The purpose of this handbook is to provide Service members and their support network with a reference guide to answer some of the most pressing questions that arise for wounded, ill, and/or injured Service members.
MARINESWounded Warrior Regiment Wounded Warrior Battalion – EAST Wounded Warrior Battalion – WEST Sergeant Merlin German Wounded Warrior Regiment Call Center 24 hours a day – 7 days a week, 365 days a year contact: 1-877-4USMCWW or 1-877-487-6299 A Marine WILL speak to a Marine when they call. Complete anonymity. DStress http://www.dstressline.com/ 1-877-476-7734 LIVE CHAT IS ALSO AVAILABLE Complete anonymity. “From the everyday stressors of life to the stressors related to combat, stress can affect even the strongest Marine. The DSTRESS Line was developed by the Corps to provide professional, anonymous counseling for Marines, their families and loved ones when it’s needed most. Call today to speak to one of your own.” Navy Marine Corps Relief Society – Health Education and Post-Combat Support Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund Marine Corps Association Foundation Wounded Marine Funding Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Marine Corps League Marine For Life Marine Parents.com
NavyNavy Marine Corps Relief Society – Health Education and Post-Combat Support Navy Safe Harbor – Wounded, Ill, and Injured Support Navy League
ArmyWarrior Transition Command Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/default.asp
Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline – 1-800-984-8523
CONUS DSN: 421-3700
OCONUS DSN: 312-421-3700 Green Beret Foundation
WINGMAN ONLINE – SUICIDE PREVENTION
Emergency suicide crisis services may also be accessed
24 hours a day, seven days a week via the
Coast Guard Support Program toll free number 855-CGSUPRT (247-8778). (NOT CONFIDENTIAL)
National GuardMaryland National Guard Benefits Guide (opens as a pdf) Joint Services Support: National Guard members and Families should never weather emotional and behavioral challenges alone. That is why the National Guard Psychological Health Program is here for you, with Directors of Psychological Health in every State, Territory, and the District of Columbia to ensure you receive the care you deserve.
Other Crisis and Suicide Prevention Resources:VETS 4 WARRIORS (CONFIDENTIAL)
We are a confidential peer support service and do not discuss your calls with the military, the VA, or anyone else and, if you choose, you may remain anonymous.
1-855-838-8255 (1-855-VET-TALK) SUPPORTING MILITARY FAMILIES IN CRISIS – A Guide to Help You Prevent Suicide (opens as a .pdf)
LOTS of information included in the guide!
Major Military Medical Facilities:Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Wounded Warrior Care Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD Naval Medical Center San Diego -Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care San Antonio Military Medical Center
By State and Country
Air Transportation To and From the Hospitals:
Hero Miles: a program of the Fisher House, using donated frequent flyer miles to provide free airline tickets to support wounded, injured, and ill service members and their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center or who are attending authorized events.
Veterans Airlift Command: provides free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.
Luke’s Wings unites wounded warriors, veterans and heroes with their loved ones when they need them the most.
Are you familiar with ALL of the benefits you’ve earned?Veterans Administration’s Homepage The VA Network by State Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors, 2014 Online Edition VET CENTERS Caregivers Support Resources for caregivers of Veterans of all ages. Caregiver Support Line – 1-855-260-3274 National Center for PTSD PTSD Treatment Programs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Call Center for Homeless Veterans Women Veterans Health Care Women Veterans Hotline Call Center: 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)
an incoming call center that receives and responds to questions from women Veterans, their families, and
caregivers across the nation about available VA services and resources. Guard & Reserves Vet Center Combat Call Center 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
1-877-WAR-VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat Veterans. This benefit is prepaid through the Veteran’s military service.
America’s Fund A project of the Semper Fi Fund providing immediate support for injured and critically ill service members and their families.
Give An Hour – provides free mental health care to U.S. military personnel and their loved ones affected by post-9/11 service, offering a range of mental health services to address a variety of needs.Homes For Our Troops – Rebuild the lives of our severely injured Veterans through the gift of a high quality, specially adapted home that provides freedom of movement and the ability to live independently. Hope For The Warriors Provides a full cycle of care to restore self, family, and hope to combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen. National Intrepid Center of Excellence (active duty only) SEMPER MAX The Silver Star Families of America Tee it up for the Troops Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) – Caring for the Families of our Fallen Heroes The Warrior Song Project Yellow Ribbon Fund Serving combat patients and families at Walter Reed and Ft. Belvoir.
Online Resources:National Resource Directory Defense Centers of Excellence Military One Source Make the Connection The REAL WARRIORS Campaign After Deployment.org National Military Family Association
Research, Help, and Information for Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI):Brainline.org – Preventing, treating, and living with Traumatic Brain Injury BrainlineMilitary.org – Living with traumatic brain injury, help for service members, Veterans, National Guard, Reserves, and families. Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine – Brain injury clinical research Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury – The mission of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) is to improve the lives of our nation’s service members, families and veterans by advancing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention and care Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center – DVBIC’s mission is to serve active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs, and support for force health protection services. Lash Associates Publishing / Training, Inc. – Leading Source of Information and Training on Brain Injury, Blast Injury and PTSD in Children, Adolescents, Adults and Veterans
Hiring Our Heroes – check their site for job fairs and events near you.
Resources by STATE:
LCpl Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project helps to promote Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day and appreciation of troops and veterans through education in our schools. It will also seek to provide assistance to wounded and returning troops and/or their families on an as-needed basis.
Serving Together Serving Montgomery County, MD with resources for service members, Veterans, service providers, military families, businesses, National Guard & Reserves. Walter Reed is located in Montgomery County.
Maryland Department of Veterans Resource Guide (opens as a .pdf)
Maryland National Guard Benefits Guide (opens as a pdf)Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans Oregon Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida Pennsylvania America 4R Veterans (a/k/a America 4R Marines)
Virginia Veteran and Family Support (formerly Virginia Wounded Warrior Program)
Veterans Administration: Veterans Justice Outreach
Department of Labor
U.S Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division:
Fact Sheet #28A: Employee Protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (opens as a pdf)
Department of Defense
Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Office
The Defense Suicide Prevention Office is a policy office and does not provide crisis services. From their website:
Established in November 2011, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) is part of the Department of Defense’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. DSPO oversees all strategic development, implementation, centralization, standardization, communication and evaluation of DoD suicide and risk reduction programs, policies and surveillance activities.
House of Representatives
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs reviews veterans’ programs, examines current laws, and reports bills and amendments to strengthen existing laws concerning veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), such as health care, disability compensation, GI Bill education and job training, home loan guarantees, life insurance policies, and a nationwide system of veterans’ cemeteries.
Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
There are lots of links and resources when you click on the “Veterans” tab at this site.