SAMHSA Supports Service Men and Women
Resources for Veterans and Military Families
Service members are known for being both resilient and resourceful, but at times some may face behavioral health care needs due to the unique demands of military life and combat exposure. Researchers have found that about 18.5% of service members returning from Afghanistan or Iraq have post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, and 19.5% report experiencing a traumatic brain injury.
SAMHSA's website has more information about behavioral health resources for service men and women and their families. Free resources and publications include:
- Resources for Military Families
- Federal Resources for Providers
- Behavioral Health Issues among Afghanistan and Iraq U.S. War Veterans – 2012
- Coming Home: Supporting Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (Webcast) – 2012
- Military Families: Access to Care for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, Veterans, Their Families and Those Close to Them (Webcast) – 2011
- SAMHSA News: Paving the Road Home - Returning Veterans and Behavioral Health – 2008
- SAMHSA News: What Military Patients Want Civilian Providers to Know – 2011
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line offers confidential around-the-clock support to veterans, active military members, and family and friends by phone, online chat, or text message. 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.