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VA NEW HOTLINE FOR WOMEN: 1-855-VA-WOMEN

(1-855-829-6636)

Learn more about their new changes and focus on women’s issues serving in the military: http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/9231/vas-new-hotline-dedicated-to-serving-women-veterans/
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1.800.273.TALK (8255)
Every 80 minutes a veteran commits suicide.  Reach out. Ask for help. Pay attention to the signs of your loved one or brother or sister in arms.
 
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National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD

Do you know or suspect a child is being abused? Click here

REMEMBER —> calling in a suspected case of child abuse or neglect does NOT get the family or person in trouble…it only helps protect the child and offer resources so that this does not happen again.  Show our children they are worth your time and make the call. And let the social workers and other professionals decided whether help is needed. Your name is never shared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Violence Hotline 

1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224  

Are YOU being abused?  Click here        

http://www.thehotline.org/get-help/ 

GET HELP, a Safety PLAN

No matter what is going on in your home, being emotionally or physically hurt is NEVER okay. There is NEVER a reason for anyone to hurt you ,threaten you, or make you feel unsafe… not PTSD, not stress, and apologies do not count. Too many spouses or significant others make excuses . There is no excuse.

AND if you are being abused with children in the home, YOU can be CHARGED with child abuse and neglect for leaving your children in a dangerous home, and allowing them to witness and hear you being abused. If not for you,  GET HELP BECAUSE OF YOUR KIDS.  They need to know abuse is NEVER okay.

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State Sex Offender Registries
Registered sex offenders, listed by state.

DoD Safe Helpline 877-995-5247 – is a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. It provides live, one-on-one advice, support, and information to the worldwide DoD community. The service is anonymous, secure, and available 24/7 – providing victims with the help they need, anytime, anywhere, Washington, DC.

Sexual assault has become the shame of all our military branches because it has been under-reported, covered up, and not given the attention it deserves to stop these assaults from happening in the first place. Now with the nation’s attention on this deep problem, we must all stand up and be counted by saying enough is enough. Our men and women deserve to serve free from sexual assault and rape from their own brothers and sisters in arms. Those heroes who serve with dignity and courage will stand up and stop those criminals who are perpetrating these violent acts as they do not belong in our military. They belong behind bars.

If you know anyone being sexually assaulted in any way, report this immediately and reach out. There is help. Show our heroes who are being violated that they are not alone.

VA Benefits: The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) website provides comprehensive information on VA benefits.

VA Burial and Memorial Benefits: The National Cemetery Administration provides information on VA benefits regarding burials and memorials.

Survivor Benefits: This site provides information for surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died while in active military service and to the survivors of veterans who died after active service.

Blind Rehabilitation Services: This site provides more information on VA’s Blind Rehabilitation Services.

Federal Recovery Coordination Program (FRCP): This site provides more information on VA’s FRCP program for severely wounded, ill or injured Veterans, Service members and their families.

Polytrauma System of Care: This site provides more information on VA’s Polytrauma System of Care for Veterans, returning Service members and their families.

Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service: This site provides information on available prosthetic equipment, sensory aids, devices and other programs to improve function and increase activities of daily living.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E): This site provides more information on VA’s VR&E, which help veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

Fisher Houses: This site provides information on VA Fisher Houses, which are “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available.

 

National Resources

Alzheimer’s Association: This site provides education and information on national and local resources. 1-800-272-3900Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association: This site provides education and information on national and local resources.Brain Injury Association of America: This site provides education and information. 1-800-444-6443Caregiving from a Distance: An organization for long-distance caregivers.Children of Aging Parents (CAPS): The CAPS site provides information to children caring for elderly parents.Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA): This site provides information on services, research and advocacy for families caring for loved ones with chronic health conditions.The National Center for PTSD: The National Center for PTSD helps U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.

National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA): This site provides education and support for those caring for relatives with chronic illnesses or disability.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): This site provides information on mental illnesses including depression, anxiety and PTSD.

 

 

National Government Resources

 

Area Agency on Aging (AAA): AAA provides information on local services and resources. All states have an Area Agency on Aging. 1-800-677-1116Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC provides information on disease, health topics and emergency preparedness.Food Stamp Facts: This Social Security Administration site provides information on food stamps.Medicare.gov: The Medicare site provides information on Medicare and supplemental health plans. 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227)National Resource Directory: The National Resource Directory is an online partnership for wounded, ill, and injured service members, Veterans, their families, and those who support them. The Web site has information on national, state, and local services and resources that support recovery, rehabilitation, and community reintegration. 1-800-342-9647Social Security Administration: The SSA provides information on social security benefits. 1-800-772-1213 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education Directory for Children with Special Needs

The DoD’s new Education Directory for Children with Special Needs provides useful, practical information for families of military dependents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and assignment personnel when considering assignment locations in California, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

TRICARE Program Offers Coverage for Young Adults
By Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources & Education for Stroke Caregivers’ Understanding & Empowerment (RESCUE)    

The RESCUE website provides stroke Caregivers with information and resources to  help them better care for their loved one. The website also gives Caregivers information to help them take care of themselves. There are 44 easy-to-read “fact sheets“  about stroke and stroke caregiving on this website which can be downloaded and printed.

eBenefits  eBenefits is a portal; a central location for Veterans,Service Members,and their                        families to research,find,access,and,in time,manage their benefits and personal information.

My HealtheVet  My HealtheVet is a free, online personal health record available 24/7, wherever Internet access is available. If you are a VA patient,registered on My HealtheVet,and have completed the one-time In-Person Authentication process, you can obtain your VA Wellness Reminders, view your VA appointments, and fully participate in My HealtheVet features available. My HealtheVet is also pleased to introduce the Caregiver Assistance Center, designed by and for Veterans and their Caregivers. The My HealtheVet Caregiver Assistance Center is designed to help Veterans, family members, friends, and their health care teams achieve the best health care possible through education, research,  and improved patient-provider communication.

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA)   CHAMPVA is a comprehensive health care program in which VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. Primary Family Caregivers of eligible post-9/11 Veterans may qualify for this benefit, (if the Caregiver is not already entitled to care or services under a health care plan). For more information, speak with a CHAMPVA representative in the Caregiver Specialty Unit at 1-877-733-7927 and your local VA Caregiver Support Coordinator.

Women’s Health  Provides information on health care services available to women Veterans, including comprehensive primary care as well as specialty care such as reproductive services,rehabilitation,mental health, and treatment for military sexual trauma.

Vet Centers   For Veterans who have served in any combat zone, Vet Centers are in your community to help you and your family with readjustment counseling and outreach services. Contact a Vet Center by calling 1-877-WAR-VETS

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)  Provides information, education, and resources on Military Sexual Trauma (MST). VA has special programs and services available to help men and women who have experienced military sexual trauma.

Homeless Veterans Provides information, education, resources, programs, and benefits for Veterans who are at-risk for homelessness or attempting to exit homelessness. Includes the  Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline (1-877-424-3838) to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for                        homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors.

Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury  Provides education, information, and understanding of traumatic brain injury. Includes info and highlights the VA Polytrauma System of Care.

National Center for PTSD Provides information and education on different types of trauma: war, terrorism,violence and abuse, and disasters.

Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF) Provides information on services and benefits available to OEF/OIF/OD Veterans who have recently returned from military service.

Fisher Houses  A Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Fisher House is also a proud partner of “Hero Miles” – a program that provides airline tickets to hospitalized service members and their families and supports the respite needs of Veterans and their identified Family Caregiver.

Long Term Care and Home and Community Based Services  Provides information on Long Term Care and Home and Community Based programs and services for Veterans who may be chronically ill, elderly, or in poor health. Includes information on Adult Day Care, Home Based Primary Care, Homemaker and Home Health Aide, Hospice and Palliative Care, Purchased Skilled Care, Respite Care, Veteran-Directed Care, Medical Foster Home, nursing home and residential services, and geriatric care and research. Explore the Guide to Long Term Care for helpful information.

 

Mental Health Services   Provides an overview of VA Mental Health Services available to Veterans. Includes information and resources for: Depression, Substance Abuse, Suicide Prevention,                        Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD, Mental Health Recovery, Homelessness, and services for families, Veteran students, women Veterans, and Veterans at work.

MAKE THE CONNECTION   Connecting Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives. Hear inspiring stories of strength. Learn what has worked for other Veterans.

Patient Aligned Care team (PACT)                         Overview of the PACT Model that provides accessible, coordinated, comprehensive, patient-centered care, and is managed by primary care providers with the active    involvement of other clinical and non-clinical staff.

Life Insurance    

VA provides life insurance benefits to Servicemembers, Veterans and family members. Many programs offer life insurance to Veterans who may otherwise be unable to obtain life insurance due to their disabilities. As a Caregiver, you may want to have your                        loved one consider VA life insurance to provide them with the certainty that their loved ones will be cared for in the event of their death. Click here to view a quick Life Insurance Fact Sheet about the range of programs available.

 

Coast Guard Assistance

Members of the Coast Guard, part of the Department of Homeland Security, are eligible for the Coast Guard Employee Assistance Program, and the Coast Guard Resource and Referral Service (WorkLife4You) as well as all resources above.

Coast Guard Employee Assistance Program:

1-800-222-0364

Includes confidential face-to-face and phone counseling to help employees and their dependents with their personal, job or family problems. The program also provides financial, legal and supervisory consultations.

WorkLife4You Resource and Referral Service:

1-800-222-0364

An information service that includes individually-tailored responses to callers and website visitors, including expert guidance, helpful educational materials, personalized referrals, and an interactive web site to assist with all of your everyday and one-of-a-kind challenges, such as pregnancy and adoption, child care and parenting, adult care and aging, health and wellness, education, financial and legal concerns, and pet care, relocation, and other daily life issues.

For more information about Coast Guard Work-Life and other Individual and Family Support Programs, visit www.uscg.mil/worklife, or contact a Regional Work-Life staff by calling 1-800-872-4957 and following the prompts.