Healthcare for Veterans
Some of the special resources that are available to US service veterans and their families include:
VA healthcare system
If you have served on Active Duty in the US Armed Forces, You can Apply for VA Health Benefits.
The VA Caregiver Support program offers training, counseling, and respite care to caregivers of veterans. Financial assistance is available.
The VTS provides free transportation to VA medical centers for veterans who need assistance. It is available to veterans with difficulty traveling due to age, disability, or medical condition.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line provides free, confidential support to veterans. It is available 24/7 via phone, text, or online chat. Call 1-800-273-8255 for help with mental health issues.
TRICARE is a healthcare program that provides coverage for medical services, including mental health care for service members, retirees, and families.
Fisher House Foundation
The Fisher House Foundation provides free temporary housing to veterans and their families, while a loved one is in the hospital. It is available at over 90 locations in the US and Europe.
Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs)
VSOs are non-profit organizations that connect veterans to mental and physical health care programs, fellow veterans, and additional resources for those who are struggling. VSOs will assist veterans and their families with VA claims. Many VSOs also sponsor a range of veteran-centric programs, such as providing transportation to and from VA medical center appointments, funds and volunteers for disaster relief, and grants. VSOs also lobby Congress on behalf of issues facing veterans and help support requests for resources needed by VA to better serve veterans, their families, and survivors. Some VSOs and their services are:
- AMVETS: A volunteer-based organization that helps connect veterans to health care through its HEAL program.
- The American Legion: An organization that has helped veterans receive medical aid and associated benefits for over 100 years.
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV): The DAV is a nonprofit organization that provides free assistance to veterans and their families. They offer assistance with VA claims and appeals, transportation to medical appointments, and employment resources.
- The Wounded Warrior Project: An organization that offers dozens of programs to help veterans with mental and physical problems.