Health (physical and mental)

While the VA Medical Center should be your first stop for information on veteran health services in your community, a variety of organizations provide enhanced services directly to veterans.

Psychological Health
Veterans Crisis Line  - Department of Veterans Affairs responders are available 24/7 through phone, text, and online chat for veterans, their families, and friends.
Give an Hour - Give an Hour connects volunteer mental health professionals with military service members, veterans, and their loved ones affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Department of Defense Outreach Center for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury - The outreach center distributes authoritative information via phone, online chat, and email.

Physical Health
My HealtheVet - Personalized database from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans refill prescriptions, track their health status, and access notes from their healthcare team.

Benefits/Claims Assistance
American Legion Service Officers  - American Legion Service Offers provide free services to veterans and their families, largely relating to claims assistance, but also spanning education, employment and business, and other topics.
Disabled American Veterans  - DAV assists veterans and their families with benefit claims from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. DAV volunteers provide veterans with transportation to VA medical centers and educate the public about the importance of services in place to support veterans. Find information about DAV offices near you.
National County Veteran Service Officers  - County VSOs have a deep understanding of laws pertaining to veterans and their families, and can provide claims assistance.
National Service Officers  - Managed through AMVETS and accredited through the Department of Veterans Affairs, national service officers help veterans navigate local veteran services in close to 40 states. NSOs provide advice and prompt action on compensation claims at no charge to the veteran.
Paralyzed Veterans of America - Through their national network of chapters and benefit service offices in all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico, PVA provides free, comprehensive benefits assistance and advocacy to paralyzed veterans, their families, and other disabled veterans.
Veterans of Foreign Wars - The VFW serves military personnel, veterans and their families in communities across the country through college scholarships, educational outreach, youth activities, community volunteerism, employment services and support while seeking benefits. The VFW has a representative in every VA regional office to act as a liaison as a veteran seeks out benefits and provides claims assistance to separating military personnel at designated installations across the country. In addition, the VFW operates a 24-hour toll-free hotline for veterans with questions or concerns about their VA healthcare and benefits (1-800-VFW-1899).