The links found on this page can help you find the services and benefits you have earned.
Are you in crisis and need help right now? 1-800-273-TALK (8255), Veterans Press 1. This is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It’s free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can search for a specific form by form number or keyword here: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/
If you don’t know the form number you need, some specific keywords may help you find what you are looking for. Try searching with the following words:
Benefits, Education, Prescription, Compensation, Job, Medication, Expense, GI Bill, PTSD, Direct deposit, Appeal, Disability, Dependent, Rights, Flag.
Toll-free numbers for VA benefits: https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1703
Find a VA office near you: http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash=1
Check if you qualify for benefits: http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/Library/tools/Quick_Eligibility_Check/index.asp .
VA Health Care Overview: http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility , or call 1-877-222-8387 (VETS).
Find a VA health care provider near you: http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/Allstate.asp?isflash=0
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
According to USA Today, as many as 360,000 veterans may have brain injuries. If you think you may have TBI, call the Centers of Excellence at 866-966-1020 or the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at 800-870-9244 for help.
More resources for veterans with TBI: http://avbi.org/programs.html .
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), Veterans Press 1. Free, confidential, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Help is available. Contact The National Center for PTSD at http://www.ptsd.va.gov/ . More information here: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/fslist-ptsd-overview.asp .
Find a PTSD program near you: http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/PTSD.asp .
Help Through Gaming
Are you a gamer? Second Life player? Take a look at the DOD’s T2 Virtual PTSD Experience at http://www.t2health.org/vwproj/ . This online tool immerses the player in an interactive setting that simulates a PTSD-causing combat experience, discusses danger cues, triggers, and most importantly, how to begin to get better.
VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service
The VetSuccess program helps disabled veterans find and keep good jobs, and helps those who can’t work due to their injuries live as independently as possible: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans offers information and resources to get you back to work: http://www.nchv.org/employment_assistance.cfm
America’s VETERAN provides a federal government job search: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/
VA Homeless Veteran Resources
The VA is working to end veteran homelessness within five years: http://www.va.gov/homeless/ .
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans: http://www.nchv.org/wheretogo.cfm .
Health Care for Homeless Veterans by State:
http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/HCHV.asp and click “Local HCHV coordinators list”.
To contact the Women Veterans Program Manager at your local VA and access health care enrollment forms, visit: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth/ . Your program manager is there to help you coordinate services, including medical and mental health care and sexual abuse counseling.
For more resources, visit the VA Center for Women Veterans at http://www.va.gov/womenvet/ . Their top 25 most frequently asked questions are available on a link at the bottom right of this page.