Where to Get Help
For immediate or emergency assistance, please call: The National Veterans’ Foundation at 1-888-777-4443 or the VA Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (800-273-8255). Both hotlines are free and confidential.
The Department of Veterans Affairs
Find out about health and education benefits, employment assistance, home loans, life insurance, pensions, and memorial services for veterans. Plus special information for minorities and women in the military, and services for homeless and disabled vets.
VA benefits: 800-827-1000
Health Care: 877-222-8387
Make the Connection
Make the Connection, a public awareness campaign by the VA, is aimed at helping veterans overcome and seek treatment for mental health conditions. The campaign provides extensive resources for veterans suffering from conditions and experiences facing veterans transitioning back into civilian life.
Offers free counseling and claims assistance for honorably discharged veterans and dependents. For almost 60 years, AMVETS has provided service and support to America’s veterans and their communities.
PTSD Foundation of America
PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring to our combat veterans and their families with post traumatic stress. Many warriors are coming home with visible wounds; countless others are coming home with scars we cannot see, wounded souls from witnessing the horrors of war over and over again – PTSD. We feel it is our duty as Americans to help these mighty warriors and their families adjust and find their new normal.
Support for veterans who have PTSD. Health care and information resources
for all aspects of the veteran’s life.
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD offers a
variety of programs as well as resources for education. It publishes
numerous journals and answer questions concerning PTSD. The mission of
the National Center for PTSD is to provide social services and care to
veterans suffering from PTSD and other stress-related disorders.
Mental Health Self-Assessment Program
The Mental Health Self-Assessment Program (MHSAP) is a mental health and alcohol screening and referral program provided for military families and service members affected by deployment and mobilization. Anonymous, self-assessments are available for depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol use, post-traumatic stress disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder and are offered online, by phone, and at special installations. It is funded by the Department of Defense Office of
Health Affairs and coordinated by Screening For Mental Health, Inc.
phone: 781-239-0071 or 1-877-877-3647
Amputee Coalition of America
This organization, in conjunction with the National Limb Loss Information Center, provides resources for people with limb loss. On its website, you can find parity information for your state, as well as an online support group and a listing for support groups in your area.
phone: 1-888-AMP-KNOW (1-888-267-5669)
NAADAC – The Association for Addiction Professionals
The Association for Addiction Professionals web site has FAQs about NAADAC
and addiction counseling, a locator so you can find an addiction counselor
near you, and a public forum for people who need more information about addiction counseling.
Give an Hour
Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a national network of volunteers to respond to acute and chronic needs within our society. It is currently establishing a national network of mental health professionals and reaching out to its first target population, the U.S. troops and families affected by the current military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A practical guide and resource for the troops, vets, and their families who are affected by the pervasive problem of PTSD. The site also offers tips on navigating the VA and seeking professional treatment.
Vet Centers are small community organizations managed by the VA and dedicated to providing counseling for combat veterans from combat veterans.
The Coming Home Project
The Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted to providing compassionate care, support, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.
Project Healing Waters
Project Healing Waters serves those who have come home wounded. PHW aids in their physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly-fishing and fly tying.
The group provides hotlines, assessments, treatment options, and professional resources.
Provides programs, resources, and services to soldiers impacted by combat stress and PTSD through a confidential and anonymous community. Not Alone also partners with nonprofit mental health provider Centerstone to get vets the help they need.
Military One Source
Offers anonymous counseling options and forums on military life.
The USO has several programs and services for troops who served in Iraq who are wrestling with the daily impact of PTSD while trying to transition to civilian life.
The USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Va.: The USO built the first-of-its-kind Warrior and Family Center on the Fort Belvoir medical campus so troops receiving recurring treatment there could have a place to start their transition with programs like USO/Hire Heroes USA Transition Workshops, art therapy offerings like Combat Paper, and more. Troops there can also use the facility to relax, watch TV or grab a snack.
Stronger Families Oxygen Seminars: This valuable program brings couples together in a classroom setting to help improve their relationships.
Wilderness trips to help vets reconnect with themselves and the beauty of the country they served.
The 296 Project
The mission of The 296 Project is to promote, advocate for, fund, and otherwise support Art and Expressive Therapies for combat veterans as a therapeutic means to lessen the severity of PTSD and/or TBI. In a sense, if you’re a Veteran suffering with PTSD/TBI, Expressive Therapist or Expressive Therapy organization, we want to be your best friend and help in any way we can.
So how do we want to help?
1. Fund Expressive Therapy for any/all combat veterans suffering with PTSD who cannot afford the treatment and/or where these types of treatments are not available via the US Government or covered by TriCare.
2. Fund partially or fully the research efforts of Expressive Therapists or Expressive Therapy organizations to help advance the field.
3. Commission works of art by combat veterans who use art as therapy to help financially support that individual – the art is then donated to local governments or organizations who can make good use of it. In other words, give it to the public to enjoy.
These ideas are just the beginning, The 296 Project is new but hopefully here to stay and here to help.
If you’re a Veteran of any branch of our Armed Forces and suffer from PTSD and/or TBI, we want to help. We have programs you can apply for that can help you express yourself in a productive and therapeutic way, we’d like to give you a voice where you may not have had one before. Additionally, you can apply for a la carte aid for any therapeutic service we don’t provide.
After deployment, many veterans are faced with the harsh reality of returning back to their pre-deployment lives. 3-4 months after returning from deployment, 27% of veterans meet the criteria for alcohol abuse. Between the years of 2005 and 2008 prescription drug abuse tripled among military personnel. Our goal at Addiction Center is to connect those with addictions to the help they need to put their lives back together.
Lions Project New Hope NW
Lions Project New Hope NW provides weekend workshop retreats that arm attendees with a variety of approaches to help recognize triggers that can launch episodes of stress and teach techniques for taking back control of your reflexive responses to those triggers. Your quality of life, your family’s quality of life can be enhanced with only a weekend retreat. All accommodations are provided, including lake-side rooms and meals, childcare while the adults are partaking in workshops and recreational activities.
Rainier Therapeutic Riding
Rainier Therapeutic Riding uses horses to facilitate physical and emotional healing for our nation’s heroes and their families while promoting the growth of this mission throughout the world
Forward Assist – Links – PTSD Resolution
The PTSD Resolution outreach program helps Veterans, TA and Reservists struggling to reintegrate into a normal work & family life because of military post traumatic stress suffered as a result of service in the armed forces
PTSD Coach Online Tools Menu
The VA’s National Center for PTSD has established PTSD Coach Online to help those with post-traumatic stress disorder cope with the condition.
The website offers tools for managing the symptoms of PTSD, such as sadness, anxiety and insomnia.
About Face: Clinicians Directory
Take the mystery out of PTSD treatment. The VA clinicians on this site tell you what to expect in clear and simple language. They make taking that big first step a lot easier
Self-Help and Coping – PTSD – National Center for PTSD
Information on managing stress reactions and what to expect following a traumatic event, including the self help tool. PTSD Coach Online
Assesment online: Is It PTSD?
Sometimes the signs are obvious. Sometimes they’re not so easy to see. Hear Veterans talk about “How I knew I had PTSD” in the AboutFace videos that show how treatment turned their lives around.
Paws and Stripes
A nonprofit organization providing service dogs for wounded military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury through integrating service dog training and education with mental health support.
The mission at Recovery.org is to connect people and their families with information and resources to help them recover from substance abuse and behavioral disorders. They are a private resource and do not receive funding from any state or government programs, working instead with some of the country’s most respected treatment organizations who support and sponsor their efforts. They are real people who have had experience with addiction and recovery—some of them firsthand, with others having seen the havoc it can wreak on family and friends. They have come out of the other side stronger for it, and firmly believing that recovery is possible for everyone.
Boulder Crest Retreat
18370 Bluemont Village Lane, PO Box 117
Bluemont, Virginia, 20135, United States
It is no surprise that in the aftermath of World War II, America enjoyed a remarkable renaissance – economically, politically and militarily. A renaissance that was led across every segment of our society by those who had endured war and come back stronger, more seasoned and more prepared for the challenges of life and peacetime.
The 2.7 million men and women who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations have now received that baton. These men and women have the experience, the ability and the potential to be our nation’s Next Greatest Generation.
In order to unlock that potential, it is critical that we provide combat veterans and their families with a free, safe and sacred place to rest, reconnect and recharge. That is why we created PATHH – Progressive and Alternative Therapies for Healing Heroes – which consists of five key programs:
•Warrior PATHH: a free 7-day combat stress recovery retreat for warriors (with separate programs for male and female combat veterans)
•Family PATHH: a free 5-day combat stress recovery retreat focused on combat veterans and their families
•Couples PATHH: a free 3-day combat stress recovery retreat focused on combat veterans and their spouses
•Caregiver PATHH: a free 3-day combat stress recovery retreat focused on those providing care to a spouse or child who was wounded in combat
•Career PATHH: a free 1-day transition seminar focused on providing transitioning or transitioned service members with the clarity required to live the life they deserve here at home.
In addition to our PATHH programs, Boulder Crest Retreat devotes a substantial portion of our calendar year to Family Rest and Reconnection retreats. These free retreats are 2-7 nights in length and provide families with the opportunity to rest, reconnect and recharge – together.
The DAWG Foundation was formed with the mission of providing a companion canines for US military veterans (and select First Responders) battling PTSD. The companion canine will be well trained by DAWG Foundation-approved trainers, and will provide everything from simple companionship and emotional support to limited mobility/distress assistance (an example of this would be when the veteran is in a crowded venue, and begins to feel overwhelmed. The companion canine can recognize the stress, and either enter into a comfort mode ‘leg hug’, or begin to lead the veteran towards the nearest exit to open, fresh air). The veterans will also require specialized vetting and training, to verify suitability for the program.
Lockwood Animal Rescue Center
P.O. Box 1510
Frazier Park, CA 93225
(661) 461-3115 – fax
Ambassador wolfdogs make trips to meet our nation’s heroes. These Veterans are given the opportunity to work closely with these wolfdogs and set up lifelong friendships. The often difficult walk back home is not one that they should have to make alone. This program offers a unique opportunity to help our heroes recover from the stresses and traumas that result not just from military service but from the readjustment involved in coming home. The wolfdogs at Lockwood ARC live in an “in-between” world – not quite wolves and not quite dogs – just as many veterans who have served their country do not feel quite at home as civilians after being Warriors. Both misunderstood and disenfrancised, the wolfdogs and the warriors find solace in each other.
Licensed therapists and drug and alcohol counselors are available to address the mental and spiritual health issues facing our veterans. Animals and nature offer a special opportunity for healing and for remembering how to be trusting, grounded, and fearless once again!
Team River Runner
Team River Runner believes that every wounded and disabled veteran deserves the opportunity to embrace new challenges, invoke leadership, and promote camaraderie. Team River Runner provides an outlet to fulfill these beliefs – inviting wounded and disabled war veterans and their families to participate in adaptive paddling programs. Founded in 2004 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, we now offer weekly paddling sessions in 45 locations across the nation. Team River Runner is more than an adaptive sports program. It’s a program that provides hope and healing to those who have risked so much, yet asked for so little. It’s an opportunity to enjoy nature and realize its social, physical, and emotional benefits, whether it’s tackling whitewater rapids or paddling on peaceful flat-water. It’s an environment that facilitates connection, allowing veterans to reunite with their families and forge relationships with those who have endured similar pain. Our veterans are on the river to recovery. TRR provides all boats, outfitting, safety gear, instruction, transportation, food and lodging for the participants and the volunteers through the generosity of their donors and the subsidies from their providers.
5007 Stone Road
Rockville, MD 20853
Operation Delta Dog
Operation Delta Dog is a nonprofit organization with a mission to rescue shelter dogs and train them to work as service dogs to help veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury-TBI
Next Step Service Dogs
Check out Next Step Service Dogs training program and learn how we help to empower veterans!
Veteran Barn Door Project
Working to combat PTSD and other Traumatic Brain Injuries.
One way to combat PTSD and other Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s) is to find ways to channel the related depression through the use of therapeutic horseback riding.
K9s For Warriors
K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. K9s For Warriors is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization
The Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch
Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch is committed to promoting therapeutic riding as an efficacious treatment modality for those with a disability by developing community awareness of equine assisted/ facilitated therapy.
Paws’itive Teams’ is rolling out a new program for a vets to have Service Dogs for Veterans who suffer with PTSD. Our primary focus for our service dog training program is to prepare dogs for those needing assistance with mobility related needs. However, we are also placing dogs with suitable personality, temperament and training with veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Pets For Vets
At Pets for Vets, we believe our country owes military veterans a debt of gratitude. Our soldiers have been brave but many of them have returned with physical and emotional injuries that have made it difficult to transition back to civilian life. Some estimates state that as many as 20% of returning military veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Courage On All Fronts
* Our most urgent needs are for personal letters for our troops, veterans, and new recruits.
* Hand Made items for our troops. Parachord bracelets, beanies, scarves
* Financial Donations so we can send over care packages. It cost $15 to ship overseas.
*By spreading the word that our organization is here to help.
*By shopping on Amazon Smile and selecting Courage on All Fronts as your charity of choice.
*Become a volunteer and help at events in Stuart, Fl and surrounding areas.
PTSD: National Center for PTSD
STAG VETS INC is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that is dedicated to providing the best care and treatment plan for Veterans who are homeless, in need, suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Saratoga WarHorse offers veterans a three-day experience that has proven to be effective and invaluable for those struggling to adjust to life after military service. The program is provided at no cost to the veterans.
Hounds for Heros
The purpose of “Hounds for Heroes” is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and the Emergency Services.
Through this provision our aims are to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life for our clients.
One Warrior Won
One Warrior Won (OWW) is a national 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing education and support to past and present Service Members and their families on how to, initially, survive the struggles of PTSd/TBI, find peace in their place of new normal and finally begin to thrive while living a fulfilling life, free from the War that has raged within them.
Every day, 22 veterans decide to commit suicide… the 23rd Veteran decided not to. 23rd Veteran’s mission is to empower veterans with PTSD to lead successful, meaningful lives.
Veterans Operation for Wellness V.O.W.
This site is dedicated to Veterans assisting disabled and needy Veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces and their dependents through programs that provide AWARENESS, IDENTIFICATION, RESEARCH and TREATMENT for PTSD (Post traumatic stress related disorders).
Our Mission — Warrior Outreach Inc supports Veterans, Service members and their Families by offering a wide variety of equine related activities. Warrior Outreach Ranch offers confidence building, Instructional and relaxing opportunities to interact with horses and enjoy Family bonding. Our main focus is to assist Soldiers and Families in transitioning and adjusting to life after traumatic occurrences and family separation due to deployments such as war. Our Horsemanship Program is designed to provide support, similar to equine therapy, to Veterans and their Families in the tri-community area. We are staffed entirely by caring Volunteers and are privately funded by your donations. Warrior Outreach partners with businesses and Volunteers in the local area to provide a free Veterans Helping Veterans home repair service for disabled and deserving Veterans and their surviving Family members. 100% of your contributions go to providing support to those who need it the most. Warrior Outreach Inc. partners with Heartland Therapeutic Programs. Warrior Outreach Inc was founded in 2008 by CSM (retired) Sam Rhodes and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Heel The Heroes
We HEEL with the animals, you’ll HEAL with your support.
Group has meet weekly since 1988
The Comeback Club offers socialization and support for those suffering from TBIs
Group draws members from Tacoma, Orting, Graham and other communities
Meetings are every Monday at 6:00pm
Address:210 W Pioneer Ave
Puyallup, WA 98371
Healing Warrior Hearts
Healing Warrior Hearts provides programs for military personnel and their families,
dedicated to healing the emotional, moral and spiritual wounds of war.
The Starfish Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization,
sponsors Healing Warrior Hearts
and offers the programs at no cost to military veterans and their families.
Restoring the Warriors Hearts
Our mission is to provide soldiers (active duty or retired) and their families with the spiritual tools necessary to deal with the stresses of war both downrange and at home. Our approach is unapologetically Christian and presupposes that Jesus Christ can heal the moral wounds …
22 Paws is a program that is uniquely designed by professional working dog trainers to help Veterans suffering from P.T.S.D and injuries 4 paws at a time.
Ultimate Guide to AA Bigbook
An organization dedicated to connecting people seeking addiction treatment to the resources they need to succeed.
Got Your Six Support Dogs
Got Your Six Support Dogs is committed to providing specialized service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and/or sexual trauma while serving in the military. Our mission is to help our men and women of United States military regain their lives through the healing power of dogs.
Operation Combat Bikesaver
We believe that breathing new life into tarnished motorcycles by honing in on learned skill sets will relinquish the deafening grasp PTSD / TBI / Depression has on Veterans and First Responders. By creating distinctive works of art, those candidates can give back to others suffering in a brotherhood of unity, targeting relief to the chaos of one’s own mind.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
If you think you might have PTSD and would like to be screened by a trained evaluator, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America can help locate professionals near you.
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) was founded in 1992 and is the traumatic brain injury (TBI) operational component of DCoE. The DVBIC mission is to serve active-duty military, their beneficiaries and veterans with TBIs through state-of-the-science clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs, and support for force health protection services.
DVBIC supports a network of 16 centers, operating out of 11 military treatment facilities and five Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. The specific activities vary at each site and can include conducting research; providing education in military and civilian settings; providing direct care to service members; helping service members, veterans and their families locate services; and assessing TBI injury data.
National Center For Telehealth and Technology
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) is comprised of clinical psychologists, researchers, interactive designers and technical specialists who develop behavioral health assessment, screening, reference and treatment tools for the military community.
Its mission is to lead the development of telehealth and technology solutions for psychological health and TBI to improve the lives of the nation’s warriors, veterans and their families. T2 seeks to identify, treat and minimize or eliminate the short- and long-term adverse effects of TBI and mental health conditions associated with military service. T2 partners with the VA and other organizations throughout the world.
Serve as the Defense Department resource for use of technologies in psychological health and TBI care
Deploy technological strategies to provide care in remote or underserved areas
Leverage innovative technologies to help reduce care-based stigma
Develop psychological health and TBI telehealth standards, processes and review mechanisms
Coordinate services with other Defense Department, VA and civilian partners
Research and validate technological applications for psychological health and TBI care
T2 also works to eradicate the stigma that can deter people in the military from seeking help. The center conducts quality research to evaluate the efficacy of its technology-based products and programs. T2 is also the principal coordinator of Defense Department initiatives involving telehealth, online behavioral health tools, suicide surveillance and prevention, and information technology.
Deployment Health Clinical Center
Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) is the psychological health component of DCoE.
The DHCC mission is to advance excellence in psychological health care across the Military Health System (MHS) by enhancing care quality, effectiveness and efficiencies; facilitating the translation of research to practice; and providing leadership, advocacy and implementation support.
Here’s how DHCC supports the military health community:
*Develops and implements evidence-based treatments and clinical support tools to improve psychological health specialty care
*Promotes a culture of support for psychological health by improving psychological health literacy, developing patient empowerment tools, encouraging help-seeking behavior and reducing barriers to care
*Conducts a wide-range of critical research to improve the psychological health system of care
*Integrates behavioral health into primary care to improve early identification and treatment of psychological health concerns
*Provides program monitoring and evaluation services, and develops metrics and measures to inform program performance, outcomes and health care utilization
DHCC was first established in 1994 as the Gulf War Health Center at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The center was re-established with its current name in 1999 as one of three Defense Department centers of excellence for deployment health. In 2008, DHCC became a DCoE center and is currently the primary authority on psychological health for the Defense Department. For more information, visit
American Addiction Centers
The ‘Financial Guide’, ‘Informed Decisions’ and ‘Other Providers’ sections all explain in detail what nearly every other treatment resource avoids explaining. Rehab can be affordable, and there are many effective options other than rehab – therapy, outpatient, etc.
Learn How To Become
LearnHowtoBecome.org has found that the best career is the one that makes you smile every day. Whether passion lies in protecting the environment, saving lives in the operating room, or spending time acting on Broadway, we can help guide aspiring professionals to a career they’ll love. Take the first steps to a dream career on our homepage
Substance Abuse In College
Affordable Colleges Online have recently completed a guide to recognizing, understanding and combating substance abuse in college. The
guide addresses the binge drinking, drugs and the increased use of amphetamines on college campuses.
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs
Lives changed and lives saved. Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog work through their incredible dogs to make a difference in the lives of those struggling with a variety of disorders including: PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Seizure Disorders, Mobility Issues and more
Wounded Warriors in Action
Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIA) is a national 501(c)(3) public charity that devotes all of its energy and resources to supporting Purple Heart recipients, the men and women wounded in combat who were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. WWIA supports these phenomenal Heroes by providing them with the opportunity to participate in world-class outdoor sporting activities in small groups over the course of 2 to 3 days in order to provide peer-to-peer interaction among those with similar experiences.
The Lone Survivor Foundation
A place of solitude and beauty, where there was a close-knit and understanding support system. A place where the service members and their families could heal together as they all worked through the consequences of war. The Foundation is dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members by providing unique educational, rehabilitation, recovery, and wellness opportunities to U.S. Armed Forces members and their families.
A nationwide network of community based, non-clinical, veteran lead support group meetings for those suffering from military trauma and seeking the fellowship of their peers. These meetings do not replace medical, counseling or therapy resources.
Veteran’s Support Group, Inc.
Veterans Support Group, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing free assistance to Veterans of all branches of service with service-related claims, providing guidance in obtaining medical attention and housing, and through weekly support group meetings, assisting those Veterans dealing with PTSD.
Operation Freedom Paws
Operation Freedom Paws empowers veterans and others with disabilities to live a quality life by teaching them to train their own dogs, and certifying them as service dog teams. The dogs, usually from rescue organizations or shelters, are carefully evaluated. Each is then matched to a specific client’s physical and psychological needs. There is no charge – all they ask is a commitment to complete the 48-week training program.
The Headstrong Project
They provide veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with free mental health care.