VETERANS AND MILITARY
Veterans and Military
Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition, according to a 2014 study in JAMA Psychiatry. Knowing what services and supports that are available is critical to ensuring our Veterans and active duty members get the help they need.
Veteran Crisis Services:
- The Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255, press 1
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. This resource is also available in Spanish.
- The Veterans Call Center (877) WAR-VETS (927-8387)
The Veterans Call Center is an around-the-clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as family member of combat Veterans. This benefit is prepaid through teh Veteran's military service.
- The Military Help Line: (888) 457-4838 or text MIL1 to 839863
The Military Help Line is a 24 hour, free, confidential crisis support for miltary service members, Veterans, and their families. This resource is also available in Spanish.
- The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: (877) 424-3838
The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans is a 24/7 assistance for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This resource is also available in Spanish.
General Resources (Including non-crisis emotional support)
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers, and friends of service members and veterans with mental health conditions.
National Resource Directory is a comprehensive website for wounded, ill, and injured Service Members, Veterans, their families, and those who support them.
- Department of Veteran Affairs State Summary: Maryland Veterans, families, and caregivers can access information about VA services like disability, pension, healthcare, eligibility, enrollment, and burial benefits, in addition to a self-service locator to find the nearest VA facility.
- Maryland's Committment to Veterans (MCV) is a program under the Maryland Department of Health that collaborates with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, the Maryland National Guard, and the Maryland Defense Force to provide assistance to Veterans and their families to support a healthy transition to civilian life.
- Military One Source offers a wide range of community resources and phone and text peer-to-peer support that serves all of DoD, Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel and their direct family members. This resource is also available in Spanish.
- Objective Zero connects Veterans, service members, their families, and caregivers to peer support via voice, video, and text. It also provides free access to wellness resources like yoga and meditation.
- Stateside Legal provides legal help and information for military members, veterans, and their families.
- The Veterans Consortium operates a global, federal Veterans Pro Bono Program to represent Veterans unjustly denied benefits or compensation earned from military service. This resource is also available in Spanish.
Additional Resources and Statistics:
- The Mental Health of Veterans, Service Members, and their Families by the American Psychological Association
- VA Benefits and Health Care Utilization .