Published: August 31, 2021
The events unfolding in Afghanistan may be distressing to anyone, and especially to our service members, Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. Veterans from all eras are reacting to the events in Afghanistan. Talk with your friends, colleagues, members and families and see below for useful resources and support.
Veterans Crisis Line provides free, confidential support and crisis intervention available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year:
- Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
- Text 838255
- Chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/chat
If you notice a Veteran in your life struggling, please see the following resources from the Veterans Administration (VA) for support. Be There for Veterans also provides resources on how to help.
- Vet Centers - Discuss how you feel with other Veterans in these community-based counseling centers. 70% of Vet Center staff are Veterans. Call 1-877-927-8387 or find one near you.
- VA Mental Health Services Guide - This guide will help you sign up and access mental health services.
- MakeTheConnection.net - information, resources, and Veteran to Veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues.
- Download VA's self-help apps and PTSD Coach Online - Tools to help deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) - Request a Peer Mentor
- VA Women Veterans Call Center - Call or text 1-855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 6:30PM ET)
- VA Caregiver Support Line - Call 1-855-260-3274 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 5PM ET)
- Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes - Join the Community for Military Caregivers
- American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network - Peer Support and Mentoring
- Student Veterans of America - Find a campus chapter to connect with.