A List of Local, National Mental Health Resources for Veterans

Dave Yelton, President of the Vietnam Veterans of America New Orleans Chapter, remembers a fallen comrade at the Vietnam War Memorial 11 July in Washington. "I hope it doesn't reduce their efforts in finding missing service persons, now that they've gotten what they wanted," Yelton said refering to US Presdent Clinton's decision to normalize relations with Vietnam.  ( Jamal A. Wilson/AFP/Getty Images)

Bay Area Vet Centers

Concord Vet Center
1333 Willow Pass Road
Suite 106
Concord, CA 94520
925-680-4526

Oakland Vet Center
7700 Edgewater Drive
Suite 125
Oakland, CA 94621
510-763-3904

San Jose Vet Center
440 North 1st Street
Suite 120
San Jose, CA 95112
408-993-0729

San Francisco Vet Center

505 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-441-5051

Santa Cruz County Vet Center
1350 41st Avenue
Suite 104
Capitola, CA 95010
831-464-4575

Helplines

Lifeline for Vets
Connects callers to another veteran of America’s armed forces. This hotline is “vets serving vets” and provides needed help to veterans, their friends, and families. It is toll-free and answered by a real person
(not a phone tree) Mon-Fri, 9-5 PST.
(888) 777-4443

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National Center for PTSD
Provides resources to individuals seeking PTSD care for themselves or loved ones.

Vet Center Call Center
Looking to talk to a fellow Veteran about your time in the military or transition home?
The Vet Center Call Center is a 24/7 confidential place where you can talk to fellow Veterans and get connected to your local VA Vet Center and other services you earned through your service.
877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)

Veterans Crisis Line
Veterans in crisis and their families and friends can connect to qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Responders are live, not recorded, and can be reached 24/7.
(800) 273-8255, Press 1
Text: 838255

National Suicide Hotline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
(800) 273-TALK (8255)

Stop Soldier Suicide
Stop Soldier Suicide provides free resources and support to all past and present military and their families. They are equipped to meet the complex needs of the military community and their resources include emergency financial aid, housing assistance, PTSD referrals, and more.
(800) 273-8255 #1

Social Support

The Mission Continues
Empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions.

Team Red, White, and Blue
RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
The nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing new veterans and their families from their first day home through the rest of their lives.

Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

Student Veterans of America
Provides military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

American Legions
Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, The American Legion currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.
VFW – Veterans of Foreign Wars USA
Fosters camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts.

XSports4Vets
A group of current conflict veterans that strive to help other combat veterans succeed. Utilizes extreme sports to take the edge out of civilian life including river boarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, sky diving, and many other activities. “Some of us have wounds left over from combat, others can’t be seen – but we all benefit from getting out and meeting people that have been in our shoes.”

Next Step Service Dogs
Empowers positive change for veterans with invisible disabilities such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through the use of expertly-trained service dogs.

If you have a specific question or situation not addressed by the following resources, please call the Lifeline for Vets: (888) 777-4443.

WETA gives special thanks to the National Veterans Foundation who compiled this extensive list of resources available to veterans and their families.

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