Information for Veterans

VA Mental HealthConnects Veterans to mental health services the VA provides for Veterans and Families.  All mental health care provided by VHA supports recovery. The programs aim to enable people with mental health problems to live meaningful lives in their communities and achieve their full potential.

Vet Centers: Community based centers that provide a range of counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible Veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The center's purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of individuals who have experienced traumatic events, with a focus on American Veterans.

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: Resource to ensure homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have access to trained counselors 24/7. The hotline is intended to assist homeless Veterans, their families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community.

Make the Connection: VA’s public awareness and outreach campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness on mental health symptoms, conditions, and treatment and encourage Veterans to get the care and support they have earned through their service.

Courtesy of: MentalHealth.gov

Fact Check

1. One in five U.S. Veterans of Iraq + Afghanistan have PTSD.

2. Mental disorders are the leading cause of hospitalizations for active-duty forces. 

3. The suicide rates of veteran VA users is nearly twice that of the general population. Some 8,000 veterans are thought to die by suicide each year, about 22 per day.

4. Only 38% of U.S. adults with diagnosable mental illnesses receive needed treatment. With effective treatment, 70-90% of individuals with mental illness achieve an improved quality of life.