Veterans & Military Families

Serving Veterans: A Resource Guide. A guide for primary and behavioral healthcare professionals serving veterans and their families from SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. 24-hour assistance (800) 292-9464

Veterans and FamiliesMilitary Facts for Non-Military Social Workers  A handbook developed to assist social workers in understanding the intricacies of the armed forces.
Common Military Terms  A glossary of common terms for the layperson
Real Warriors Campaign  Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) 
Dryhootch "a place for veterans to reconnect"

Mental Health & Wellness Guide - Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and Outpatient Clinics provides an overview of the services provided in their mental health programs.

Military Mental Health MHA respects and appreciates current and former members of the military and provides information to help to break down the stigma of mental health issues among soldiers, veterans, their families, and medical staff to ensure that a greater number of military families receive the prompt and high-quality care they deserve. 

NAMI Veterans Resource Center a program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Military Family Association web site

Veterans Treatment Court Clearinghouse National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Wounded Warrior Resource Center an online partnership for wounded, ill and injured services members, veterans, their families and those who support them. Health resources in Wisconsin. 

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
(866) 451-5200
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an evidence-based, efficacious psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD and other mental trauma. To locate an EMDR therapist go to the EMDRIA website and locate the tab "Find a Therapist" or call our toll-free number.

National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(802) 296-6300
This is a Web site sponsored by the Department. of Veterans Affairs that offers a broad range of information about post-traumatic stress disorder, treatment methods and has a VA facilities locator.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
(240) 485-1001
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America offers extensive information about anxiety disorders (including PTSD) in people of all ages, online self-screening tools, a searchable list of treatment professionals and support groups, information about clinical trials, a medication chart, on-line newsletter, personal stories, and an online bookstore.

The Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute
(888) 825-8249 (therapist referral)
The Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute offers extensive information online about PTSD, geographic lists of therapists with experience treating people with PTSD, and books, articles, and referrals to support groups. They also have information about self-injury.

Suicide Hotline
Phone: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
By calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's 24 hour toll-free crisis hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), you are connected with a crisis center that can tell you where to seek immediate help in your area.

Witness Justice: for survivors of traumatic events
(800) 495-4957
Witness Justice offers information to help survivors and their friends and family. Use keywords, “military families” or “war” in the search box to find materials on these topics.

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
(888) 357-7924
The APA has information about a broad range of mental health topics. To locate a psychiatrist in your area, you can contact APA's Answer Center using their toll-free number.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
(866) 615-6464
NIMH offers information about a broad range of mental health topics, including PTSD, medications and listing of current clinical trials. Their initiative Real Men Real Depression offers information to help encourage men to seek treatment for depression.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center
SAMHSA provides referrals to outpatient, inpatient and residential treatment facilities, including affordable mental health services. Their Web site has a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator to help you find substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment (combined treatment for those who have both a substance abuse and mental health problem).

Direct Services/Health Benefits

(877) 874-2273 North Region
(800) 403-3950 South Region
(888) 874-9378 West Region
(888) 363-2273 Main TRICARE Information Service number
TRICARE has three regional claims offices that can be contacted for information about healthcare benefits, including benefits for mental health and substance abuse services.

Deployment Health Clinical Center
The Deployment Health Clinical Center Web site offers a list of resources for service members and their families and a link to the Department of Defense Mental Health Self-Assessment Program (alcohol and mental health screening).

Department of Veterans Affairs
The official Web site for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers information about benefits for returning veterans, those who have lost a loved one, health insurance information and facility locator to help find the closest VA Medical Center and the services it offers.

Vet Centers
Vet Centers provide readjustment counseling and outreach services to all veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for their family members for military-related issues. Veterans have earned these benefits through their service and all are provided at no cost to the veteran or family. The 207 community based Vet Centers are located in all fifty states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Use this link to locate your closest Vet Center.

Military OneSource
(800) 342-9647 (24-hour, toll-free number)
• ARMY - "Army OneSource" 800-464-8107
• MARINES - "Marines OneSource" 800-869-0278
• NAVY - "Navy OneSource" 800-540-4123
• AIR FORCE - "Air Force OneSource" 800-707-5784
A Military OneSource consultant can provide a brief assessment and referral to mental health professionals across the country for six free counseling sessions.

Dept of Defense Helpline
(800) 796-9699
This is a deployment helpline at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Military Families

Army Community Service Center
MyArmyLifeToo offers information and articles on various topics, such as home and personal safety, managing deployment and money management.

Military OneSource
(800) 342-9647 (24-hour, toll-free number) 
See description in above section.

National Military Family Association
(800) 260-0218
The National Military Family Association educates military families about their rights and benefits. Their main programs are Spouse Scholarships (awarded to spouses to obtain professional certification or attend post-secondary or graduate school) and Operation Purple Camps (summer camps for military children).

Army Family Readiness Group
Family members can check their unit's Web site for up-to-date information and information about other families in the unit.

Marine Corps Community Services
Find support programs, including deployment, relocation and transition.

Army Families Online
(800) 833-6622
Army Families Online staffs the Army Information Line from 8:00am to 4:30pm EST. They offer information and referral services for Army soldiers, civilians, retirees, veterans and families and address all issues and concerns. For mental health services, they refer to One-Source or for active-duty soldiers, they can connect them to their chaplain or someone in their chain of command.

Army Long Term Family Case Management
This call center and website offers long-term assistance to those who have lost a loved one who was a service member. They provide information about Social Security, VA and death benefits. Using the Support Programs tab on the left-hand side of the page, you can access summaries and contact information for national and local programs for children and youth, counseling, finances, emotional support, education, healthcare, legal assistance, military and government contacts, peer support, religion, and substance abuse.
The Military Spouse Resource Center provides information and resources to spouses of military personnel related to education, training and employment within the U.S. They also have a section on relocation resources.

Military Family Network
Their mission is to support military families and increase their readiness and well-being by connecting them with their communities and the organizations that provide the best service and value. 

Behavioral Health Resources are available to assist in building community awareness regarding the unique behavioral health issues faced by Veterans, Service Members, and their Families.  These resources can also be used to promote and encourage participation in the Treating The Invisible Wounds of War Courses.  If you have questions please contact Leah Lockett, Wisconsin Community Support Coordinator, (309)-278-7739 or Download the order form >>