Carrie Dorn, LMSW, MPA
Federal initiatives are helping to support exiting service members and connect them to timely health resources.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
This inventory provides an overview of resources for health and social service professionals interested in enhancing their outreach and support for older Veterans who have or are at risk for behavioral health conditions. It provides programs and publications on topics including post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide prevention, long-term services and supports, and much more.
Smoking affects everyone differently and VA offers specialized resources to help Veterans quit. Contact a VA health care provider to learn about local smoking cessation clinics and group counseling sessions available. Call 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838) to receive counseling and assistance from a Quit VET counselor. The free SmokefreeVET text message program can provide daily advice and support. Text VET to 47848 or visit veterans.smokefree.gov to sign up.
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Crisis Line provides direct, confidential access to caring, qualified responders through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of the responders are veterans themselves. Access is available via phone, chat and text.
These terms and acronyms may be helpful to social workers who work with service members, veterans, and their families.