13 Important Resources for Veterans’ Health Needs

On behalf of DVNF, I want to wish all a happy New Year! I know that times are tough for many, and I believe it is important that every veteran should know about resources that are available to them.

So let’s kick of the New Year with some valuable information on programs and services that are available through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). In this post, I have included the VA’s top 13 links for veteran services.

As DVNF’S CEO, I think it is important for veterans to know what types of services are out there. That’s why we can use your help in spreading the word about these services to veterans. So please read and share!

Semper Fi
Joe VanFonda (SgtMaj Ret)
CEO/DVNF

Here is a quick list of links to the many programs available to our Veterans. If you know a Veteran, we hope you will print out this list (pdf) and give it to them.

  • It may be a homeless Vet you pass on the street every day — you can suggest they take the list to a public library computer to learn what VA has to help them.
  • It may be a young Vet recently returning from a combat zone, who is not aware of the benefits he or she is entitled to.

There are many potential opportunities for you to help Veterans make the connection to the services VA has for them, benefits they have earned! In addition to the doctors and nurses who provide our Vets with high-quality health care, VHA has many programs to help Vets reach their optimal health. 

Veterans!  Here are 13 of the top links for VA services. Use these health support services to maintain your physical and mental wellness:

Health Benefits
www.va.gov/healthbenefits
Start here to learn what VA health benefits you are elligible for and apply for care.
Helpful Phone Numbers
Health Benefits: 877-222-VETS (8387)
Other VA Benefits: 800-827-1000
Homeless Services: 877-424-3838
Compensated Work Therapy
www.cwt.va.gov
A vocational rehabilitation program to match and support work ready veterans in competitive jobs.
Disease Prevention
www.prevention.va.gov
Advocating for health promotion, disease prevention, and health education for our nation’s Veterans.
Geriatrics & Extended Care
www.va.gov/geriatrics
Geriatric and extended care services for Veterans including non-institutional and institutional options.
Homeless Services
www.va.gov/homeless
To end Veteran homelessness within the next five years, VA offers a variety of resources, programs and benefits to assist Veterans who are homeless.
Mental Health
www.mentalhealth.va.gov
Maintaining and improving the health and well-being of Veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education, and research.
MyHealtheVet
www.myhealth.va.gov
Anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services.
National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
www.ptsd.va.gov
VA’s center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder.
Readjustment Counseling (Vet Centers)
www.vetcenter.va.gov
Offers services to Veterans and their families to aid their successful transition from military to civilian life.
Rural Health
www.ruralhealth.va.gov
Improving access and quality of care for Veterans living in rural areas.
Substance Abuse Programs
www.mentalhealth.va.gov/substanceabuse.asp
Treatments addressing problems related to substance use, from unhealthy use of alcohol to life-threatening addictions.
Veterans Crisis Line
veteranscrisisline.net
The Veterans Crisis Line (Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1) is a toll-free, confidential phone support line that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders.
Women Veterans Health Care
www.womenshealth.va.gov
Implementing positive changes in providing care for all women Veterans.

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