Veteran Resources  

HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT.   The latest updates for veterans: medical, housing, counseling, insurance, jobs, education; legal and more. 

 MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES for vets and families (call or click on link below):

  1. VA Veterans Crisis Line-call 1-800-273-8255 then press # 1; or go to your VA website at myhealth.va.gov and select National Center for PTSD; Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300; Email: ncptsd@va.gov  (Note: RWP cannot link to the VA, veterans need to go directly to their account.)
  2. Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy - help for veterans, spouses and family; go to your VA website:  myhealth.va.gov
  3. National Institute of Mental Healthcopy and paste website in your browser: nih.gov  Phone:  1-866-615-6464   Live Online Chat:  Talk to a representative (online);   Email:  nimhinfo@nih.gov
  4. American Psychiatric Association (APA) - click on website:  psychiatry.org/patients-families/ptsd/what-is-ptsd
  5. Mayo Clinic - PTSD Help - copy and paste website in your browser: https://www.mayoclinic.org/ and search on post-traumatic-stress-disorder
  6.  PTSD Foundation of America - click on website:  ptsdusa.org/   
        
  7.  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 OR DIAL #988, click on website:  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
  8.  Memory Care Resources for Veterans - click on website: https://www.memorycare.com/ dedicated to providing the best, most comprehensive, state-by-state memory resources for those struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as help for their caregivers and loved ones.  Dementia is the general term used to describe memory loss and the deterioration of cognitive abilities, and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.  




HOUSING ASSISTANCE - Helping veterans, service members, and their surviving spouses to buy a home or refinance a loan, find subsidized housing, or even access to a free new home or free mortgage payoff.

  1. VA Housing Assistance - https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/
  2. Tunnel to Towers Fdn. - https://www.t2t.org/  (or call: (718) 987-1931)
  3. Homes for Our Troops - https://www.hfotusa.org/
  4. Operation Home Front - https://operationhomefront.org/               
  5. Gary Sinise Foundation - https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

 INSURANCE - Best Homeowners Insurance For Veterans (2023) by Justin Myers (justin@myersmediapro.com):

Veterans are 15% more likely to own a home than civilians? However, many veterans fail to take advantage of the benefits and discounts available to them. Marketwatch Home Media Team published an in-depth overview of homeowners insurance companies for veterans. Article topics: Home Insurance Requirements for VA Loans; How Deployment Affects Home Insurance; plus Pros and Cons of various companies. Wondering who offers the best homeowners insurance for veterans? Read more:   https://www.marketwatch.com/guides/insurance-services/homeowners-insurance-for-veterans/


SERVICE and THERAPY DOGS - highly trained dogs can provide veterans with companionship that leads to a decrease in medications, increase in exercise and energy, reduction in thoughts of suicide and the confidence to live independently…an added bonus is rescue dogs find a forever home!  

  1. K9’s for Warriors - https://k9sforwarriors.org/ Call: 1-888-819-0112
  2. Working Dogs for Vets - https://www.workingdogsforvets.org/   Ph: 4-Dogs-Help, dial=843-647-4357 
  3. US Service Animals - https://usserviceanimals.org/  phone:985-570-5341

 VETERANS EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING SERVICES – need to find a job: 

  1. U.S. Department of Labor - https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/veterans/findajob
  2. Career One Stop - https://www.careeronestop.org/
  3. Jobs for Veterans State Grant - https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/programs/grants/state/jvsg
  4. National Labor Exchange - https://veterans.usnlx.com/
  5. My Next Move - https://www.mynextmove.org/vets/     

Photo:  D23280A  British-born US citizen Louis Hayward chose to be a combat photographer when he joined the Marines in 1941. As a captain, he headed the crack combat film unit at Tarawa, where he earned the Bronze Star for courage under fire. Photo: after Tarawa fighting. 



VETS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES – need new skills to find a new job: 

VA Education Benefit Programs: https://www.va.gov/education/  

Post-9/11 GI Bill
Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
National Call to Service (NCS)
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
 Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)


VETERANS LEGAL ASSISTANCE - need legal help:

Office of the General Counsel - https://www.va.gov/ogc/legalservices.asp

Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC - https://www.legalhelpforveterans.com/

ABA Veteran Legal Services Initiative - https://www.americanbar.org/



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