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Being informed helps us make smart and adequate decisions that affect our lives right now and also impact the future. Getting information and finding the appropriate resources can be the first step in receiving assistance.

Enrollment in VA Healthcare

Please see the eligibility criteria (below)If you are unsure if you are eligible for VA Healthcare, you can call an enrollment specialist at your local VA facility or (877) 222-VETS (8387).

To check eligibility
To enroll online
More enrollment information

My HealtheVet is the VA's Personal Health Record. It was designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers. My HealtheVet helps you partner with your health care team. It provides you opportunities and tools to make informed decisions: My Healthy Veteran Portal
Locating the nearest VA hospital, CBOC, and Vet Center

Find the nearest program to you using the VA program finder
Services and resources available specifically for OEF/OIF/OND Veterans

Find your nearest OEF/OIF/OND program manager and team
Beginning the process of submitting a benefits claim for injuries related to military service

You can use the program locator [below] to find the Veterans Service Organization (VSO) closest to your area. Additional information and online filing can be found at the ebenefits website (below). The Vet Centers also sometimes aid in the process of filing for benefits, you can contact your local Vet Center to see if they have these services available (below).

VSO Locator
Vet Center locator
Information on using college benefits such as the GI Bill or Voc Rehab (Chapter 31).

Please see the college benefits website (below).  For additional information on attending college as a student Veteran you can also take a look at the Student Veterans of America (SVA, below) website. These websites provide helpful information for adjusting to the college setting. PTSD symptoms can also qualify you for accommodations at your college or university (for example, additional time for timed tests).
College benefits website
Student Veterans of America
Online Resources for Psychological Health

A number to call or to refer a friend to because of mental health symptoms or thoughts of suicide:Veterans can call this number or join a live online chat. For the crisis line, Veterans can call the number and press 1 for Veteran and they can click on the link below to chat online with a professional.
1-800-273-TALK (8255), press 1 for Veterans or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Live Chat
National Center for PTSD

This website is a goldmine of information and resources on readjustment and PTSD for Veterans and their families and providers. It includes informational handouts, assessments, and video trainings (some which provide CEU credit).
After Deployment
This website provides information and resources on conditions impacting Veterans and their families. Veterans can engage in workshops on various conditions, learning more about how to assess and cope with symptoms. In addition, it provides information on resilience and fostering resilience. The smartphone apps developed by DoD and VA are also listed within the provider portal.

Make the Connection
Make the connection covers a range of symptoms and conditions that Veterans may experience such as insomnia, anger, depression, pain, and PTSD. Veterans and providers can watch videos of Veterans telling their stories, download information materials on these signs and conditions, and can learn more about connecting to care.

Center for Deployment Psychology
The Center for Deployment Psychology provides materials and information on deployment related behavioral health services and treatment for military service members and their families. They also provide online coursework on treatments. 

PTSD Coach – Smartphone App
The PTSD coach is a phone application for iphone and Android that provides tools for assessing and coping with PTSD symptoms.  
More useful smartphone apps
Veterans and Military Family Health
Real Warriors Campaign

Military One Source 

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury 

VHA Community Provider Site 
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To participate in the study please call (415) 750-2230.
Or click here to request more information.