Below is a list of resources for those who are looking for additional support.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
For more information contact: www.veteranscrisisline.net
Stop Soldier Suicide is the first national civilian not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing active duty and Veteran suicide. They believe we all have a responsibility to help our brothers and sisters in arms who suffer from the deepest, invisible wounds of war before they feel their only choice is taking their own lives.
For more information contact: StopSoldierSuicide.org
Give an Hour™ is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They provide counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents. They offer treatment for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, sexual health and intimacy concerns, and loss and grieving.
For more information contact: GiveanHour.org
Student Veterans of America provides military veterans with resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and post-graduation
The heart of SVA is the student veteran led chapter. These local organizations are the “boots on the ground” that provide peer-to-peer support, which has been linked to academic success and an easier transition to campus for student veterans. Through this national network of affiliates, SVA impacts the lives of thousands of student veterans.
For more information contact: StudentVeterans.org
Unite US connects current military service members, veterans and their families to transformative resources and opportunities in their local communities. These opportunities include networking outlets with veteran’s organizations, peers and civilian supporters. With its interactive, proximity-mapping technology, Unite US members and organizations are able to capitalize on assets within their immediate and national community.
For more information contact: UniteUS.com
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The U.S. is seeing a growing number of seniors who are also armed services veterans. The current median age for living Americans who served in the Korean War is 69. The Vietnam veteran population makes for a new crop of seniors with special needs – including medical issues that sometimes do not present until years later. The latest U.S. Census brief puts the number of veterans over 65 at over 12.4 million.
If you have served in the military during wartime, chances are that you’ve taken advantage of education programs, career resources, and home loans available to you. But while those life issues may be behind you, there is a host of other resources to know about in your retirement years.