Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring DVA responders. It is a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can
- call 800 273 8255 and Press 1
- chat online at http://www.Veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx
- or, send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Deaf and hard of hearing Veterans can find support via online chat, text and TTY service at http://www.Veteranscrisisline.net/GetHelp/Accessibility.aspx.
Veteran Combat Call Center
Veterans and their families who wish to talk to another combat Veteran (or a family member of a combat Veteran) about their military service or any other issue related to readjusting to civilian life can call the 24/7 confidential Veteran Combat Call Center at
- 877 WAR VETS (877 927 8387)
- More information is available at http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/media/Call-Center-PSA.asp.
Military OneSource is a 24/7 central hub for members of the military community. Veterans and their families can phone
- 800 342 9647
- or go to http://www.militaryonesource.mil/ for counseling and many other resources. Topics include family and relationships, financial and legal, health and wellness, education and employment, on- and off-base living, deployment, and transition.
PTSD Program Locator
Some Veteran Administration centers have programs specializing in PTSD treatment. Veterans and their families can use the VA PTSD Program Locator to find a PTSD program.
Wounded Warrior Project
Body, mind, economic empowerment, engagement. Family services, Benefits services, WWP Resource Center
Veterans Upward Bound, U.S. Department of Education
WV vets have received free services through Upward Bound since 1990. Veterans Upward Bound offers refresher and preparatory classes in English, math, science, foreign language, and computer skills at several locations in West Virginia.
National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD)
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS)
Center for Women Veterans
VA Military Sexual Trauma Counseling
VA’s Make the Connection
SAMHSA’s Suicide Safe: The Suicide Prevention App for Health Care Providers
PTSD Toolkit: A Resource from the American Nurses Foundation
Note: In light of the ubiquitous acronyms in the references below, your editor has decided to part from customary style and boldface the acronyms themselves. I hope this will facilitate your search. The entries are still alphabetized by name, not acronym.
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