Helpful Resources

This page lists websites and books where you can find more information on the problems or issues service members, veterans, and their friends and families face. Because many of these sources offer information on more than one topic, you can use them as a starting point for your broader search.

While we’ve done our best to create a comprehensive list of resources here, there are plenty that I’m sure we’ve missed. There are also new ones being created all the time.

Keep in mind that information found on the Internet is not always reliable or up-to-date. Always double-check the accuracy of any website’s information through other sources.

Alcohol Use

Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center Referral

  • 800-821-4357

Al-Anon/Alateen

  • http://www.al-anon.org/
  • 888-425-2666
  • This organization offers hope and support to the families and friends of alcoholics.

Alcoholics Anonymous

  • http://www.aa.org/
  • This is the largest and most well known international self-help based organization of recovering alcoholics.

NIDA Alcohol and Drug Abuse Recovery Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA)

  • http://dasis3.samhsa.gov
  • This website offers links to online directories of service providers; professional, program, and budget information; as well as substance abuse and mental health information.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America

  • http://www.drugfree.org/
  • 866-281-9945
  • This website offers information on helping people with drug or alcohol problems, finding treatment, and staying clean.

Books to Read:

  • Fletcher, Anne. Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems—Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded. Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
  • Tate, Phillip. Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did. See Sharp Press, 1996.

Amputees

Limbless Association

  • http://www.limbless-association.org/
  • This association helps those who have lost limbs achieve maximum mobility and independence in home, hospital, education, employment, and the community. It also offers help to care-givers of limbless individuals.

National Amputation Foundation (NAF)

  • http://www.nationalamputation.org/
  • Founded in 1919, this association offers assistance, such as peer counseling, support, and referral information to American war veterans who have lost limbs.

Books to Read:

  • Riley, Richard. Living with a Below-Knee Amputation: A Unique Insight from a Prosthetist/Amputee. Slack, 2005.
  • Sabolich, John. You’re Not Alone: With the Personal Stories of 38 Amputees. Sabolich Prosthetic & Research Center, 1993.

Anger

American Psychological Association (APA)

Books to Read:

  • McKay, Matthew and Peter Rogers. The Anger Control Workbook. New Harbinger Publications, 2000.
  • Reilly, Patrick. Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients: A Cognitive Behavioral Manual. Diane Publishing Co., 2003.

Anxiety

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America

The Association for Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists (ABCT)

The Anxiety Panic Internet Resource

  • www.algy.com
  • This website offers services and support for those who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. More specifically, it provides information about anxiety disorders and support through chat rooms with other people who suffer from anxiety.

Books to Read:

  • Barlow, David and Michelle Craske. Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Map-3 (Treatments That Work) (3rd Edition). Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Bourne, Edmund. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. New Harbinger Publications, 2005.
  • Bourne, Edmund; Arlen Brownstein; and Lorna Garano. Natural Relief for Anxiety: Complimentary Strategies for Easing Fear, Panic and Worry. New Harbinger Publications, 2004.
  • Lark, Susan. Dr. Susan Lark’s Anxiety and Stress Self Help Book: Effective Solutions for Nervous Tension, Emotional Distress, Anxiety and Panic. Celestial Arts, 1996.

Counseling

The Center for Mental Health Services

Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VA Medical Centers)

Give an Hour

  • http://www.giveanhour.org/
  • Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization that is establishing a national network of mental health professionals to offer one hour per week of free counseling for members of the military and their families.

Military ONESOURCE

  • http://www.militaryonesource.mil/
  • 800-342-9647
  • This organization provides various kinds of services, including brief counseling to veterans and their families if the veteran is still on active duty.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

  • https://www.nami.org/
  • This organization provides support and advocacy for families and friends of people with mental illnesses.

Operation Comfort

  • http://www.operationcomfort.org/
  • 866-632-7868
  • Operation Comfort is a nationwide network of mental health professionals and agencies that provide counseling free of charge.

Vet Center

  • http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/
  • 800-905-4675
  • These centers, which are often staffed by veterans, are located throughout the country and provide a variety of services including counseling to veterans and their families. There are 207 centers across the nation.

Depression

Books to Read:

  • Burns, David. The Feeling Good Handbook. New York: Penguin Books, 1989.
  • Copeland, Mary Ellen. The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression. New Harbinger Publications, 2002.
  • Golant, Mitch and Susan Golant. What to Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed. Owl Books, 1998.
  • Greenberger, Dennis and Christine Padesky. Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think. Guilford Press, 1995.

Domestic Violence

National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence

  • http://www.nccafv.org/
  • This nonprofit resource center is dedicated to preventing family violence and provides a hotline and educational materials on family violence.

Family Violence Prevention Fund

National Toll-free Domestic Violence Hotline

Books to Read:

  • Kubany, Edward; Mari McCraig; and Janet Laconsay. Healing the Trauma of Domestic Violence: A Workbook for Women. New Harbinger Publications, 2004.

Drug Abuse

Narcotics Anonymous

  • https://www.na.org/
  • 818-773-9999
  • This is the largest and most well-known international self-help organization for recovering drug addicts.

National Institute of Health

  • http://www.drugabuse.gov/
  • This website provides information from the National Institute of Health on drug abuse. You can navigate from this website to other websites addressing a variety of health- and mental-health related questions.

Books to Read:

  • Parkinson, Robert. The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Patient Workbook. Sage Publications, 2003.

Education

GI Bill

  • http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
  • http://edu.military.com/gibill
  • 800-442-4551
  • These websites provide detailed information on the GI Bill. Active duty service members and veterans can receive a monthly benefit that can be used for tuition, books, fees, and living expenses while earning a degree or certification, or attending trade school.

Service Member Opportunity Colleges (SOCs)

Employment

Career Center for the Military Severely Injured Center

VA’s Compensated Work Therapy Program

  • http://www.cwt.va.gov/
  • These programs strive to maintain highly responsive long-term quality relationships with business and industry. More specifically, they promote employment opportunities for veteran with physical and mental disabilities.

Employee Assistance Program (EAPs)

  • http://www.theeap.com/
  • EAPs are counseling services for employees and their eligible dependents who are experiencing personal or workplace problems.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR)

Helmets to Hardhats

Hire Veterans

Military Exits

Military Spouse Career Center

National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

  • http://www.esgr.mil/
  • This website’s mission is to “gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve as defined by demonstrated employer commitment to employee military service.”

National Partnership for Workplace Mental Health

  • http://www.workplacementalhealth.org/
  • This website delivers educational materials to employers and employees on a broad range of mental health topics, provides a forum for businesses to explore mental health issues and share innovative solutions, and serves as a clearinghouse of mental health information important to employers.

Troops to Teachers

  • http://www.proudtoserveagain.com/
  • Established in 1994 as a Department of Defense program, this organization helps recruit teachers for schools that serve low-income students.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Veteran’s Employment and Training Service (VETS)

  • http://www.dol.gov/vets/
  • 866-4-USA-DOL
  • The Veteran Employment and Training Service (VETS), part of the Department of Labor, has a mission to “provide veterans with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce.” More specifically, VETS provides veterans, reservists, and National Guard members with information on the rights and benefits associated with securing employment.

Vet Jobs

  • https://vetjobs.com/
  • This website lists jobs and allows you to post your résumé. It was founded by two former Navy officers with the belief that veterans have the skills it takes to perform well in the workforce.

Veteran Employment

Books to Read:

  • Boiles, Richard and Mark Bolles. What Color Is Your Parachute? 2005: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. Ten Speed Press, 2004.
  • Lore, Nicholas. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success. Fireside, 1998.

Family

Army Community Services (ACS)

Family Assistance Centers

  • http://www.jointservicessupport.org/FP/Default.aspx
  • Sometimes called “Family Readiness Centers,” Family Assistance Centers are located at armories across the country. They were created by the National Guard, but they exist to assist all members and families of all branches of military.

Family Readiness Program links:

Marine Parents

Military Family Life Consultants

  • https://www.mhngs.com/app/programsandservices/mflc_program.content
  • 800-646-5613
  • This program provides support and assistance to active duty service members, national guardsmen and reservists, military family members, and civilian personnel. Military and Family Life Consultants can help people who are having trouble coping with concerns and issues of daily life.

Veterans Coming Home

  • http://veteranscominghome.org/family-resources/
  • This website was created to provide community support to veterans, their families, and employers; to mobilize subject experts to study the psychological issues involved in readjustment; and to furnish research findings to assist service providers.

Grief

Grief Net

  • http://www.griefnet.org/
  • This website offers an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss.

International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

  • https://www.istss.org/
  • Founded in 1985, the ISTSS shares information about the effects of trauma, including information on traumatic grief.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

  • http://www.taps.org/
  • 800-959-8277
  • TAPS offers grief support for deaths that occurred in the line of duty.

Books to Read:

  • Noel, Brook and Pamela Blair. I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing after the Sudden Death of a Loved One. Champion Press, 2000.

Health

American College of Rheumatology

American Pain Foundation

Department of Defense Deployment Health Clinical Center

Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library

  • http://dhl.dhhq.health.mil/
  • This site provides service members, families, leaders, health care providers, and veterans an easy way to find deployment health and family readiness information.

Healthfinder.gov

  • http://healthfinder.gov/
  • This site provides reliable health information and is sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

My Health Vet

Housing

The Fisher House Foundation

  • https://www.fisherhouse.org/
  • 888-294-8560
  • The Fisher House Foundation is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military service members in their time of need. The program donates “combat homes,” which are built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times—during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

Homeless Veterans

Housing Allowance

VA Home Loans

Injury

Army Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline

  • 800-984-8523

Career Center for the Military Severely Injured Center

Wounded Warrior Project

  • http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
  • 877-TEAM-WWP
  • Wounded Warrior Project seeks to assist those men and women of our armed forces who have been severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world.

Legal Issues

U.S. Department of Justice

  • http://www.justice.gov/crt-military
  • This website provides information on rights as provided by Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights (USERRA) and the Service members Civil Rights Act (SCRA). It also provides protection to those called to active duty. The site also offers legal information on rental agreements, income tax payments, and more. Lastly, the site offers help on how to reduce preservice consumer debt and mortgage interest rates.

Marriage

MPREP

Books to Read:

  • Christensen, Andrew and Neil Jacobson. Reconcilable Differences. Guilford Press, 2000.
  • Gottman, John. The Relationship Cure: A 5-Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships. Three Rivers Press, 2002.
  • Gottman, John. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Crown Publishers, 1999.
  • Jordan, Pamela; Stanley Scott; and Howard Markman. Becoming Parents: How to Strengthen Your Marriage as Your Family Grows. Jossey-Bass, 1999.
  • Markman, Howard and Scott Stanley. Fighting for Your Marriage: Positive Steps for Preventing Divorce and Preserving a Lasting Love. Jossey-Bass, 1994.

Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Panic

Books to Read:

  • Carbonell, David. Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guide Program for Breaking the Panic Trick. Ulysses Press, 2004.

Post-traumatic Stress

David Baldwin’s Trauma Pages

VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD)

  • http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
  • 802-296-6300
  • The National Center for PTSD was created in 1989 by Congress to address the needs of veterans diagnosed with military-related PTSD. Specifically, this website proves extensive information on trauma for clinicians, veterans, and their families.

Books to Read:

  • Allen, Jon. Coping with Trauma: Hope Through Understanding. American Psychiatric Association, 2004.
  • Herman, Judith. Trauma and Recovery. Basic Books, 1997.
  • Johnson, Susan. Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy with Trauma Survivors: Strengthening Attachment Bonds. Guilford Press, 2002.
  • Mason, Patience. Recovering from the War: A Guide for all Veterans, Family Members, Friends and Therapists. Patience Press, 1999.
  • Matsakis, Aphrodite. I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors. New Harbinger Publications, 1996.
  • Matsakis, Aphrodite. Vietnam Wives. Sidran Press, 1996.
  • Schiraldi, Glenn R. The Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook. Lowell House, 2000.
  • Williams, Mary Beth and Soili Poijula. The PTSD Workbook: Simple Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms. New Harbinger Publications, 2002.

Sleep

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

  • http://www.aasmnet.org/
  • This website provides information from the AASM on sleep medicine and research. The AASM’s mission is to “assure quality care for patients with sleep disorders, promote the advancement of sleep research and provide public and professional education.”

National Sleep Foundation

  • https://sleepfoundation.org/
  • This website provides an array of information from the National Sleep Foundation on sleep difficulties. The foundation is “dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting education, sleep-related research, and advocacy.”

Books to Read:

  • Jacobs, Gregg and Herbert Benson. Say Good Night to Insomnia: The Six-Week, Drug-Free Program Developed at Harvard Medical School. Owl Books, 1999.
  • Maas, James and Megan Wherry. Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance. Collins, 1999.

Suicide Prevention

USA National Suicide Hotlines

Books to Read:

  • Quinnett, Paul. Suicide: The Forever Decision: For Those Thinking about Suicide, and for Those Who Know, Love, or Counsel Them. Crossroad Classic, 1987.

Therapist Organizations

These organizations have general mental health information and may provide you with a list of therapists in your community.

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

American Family Therapy Academy

American Psychiatric Association

Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy

International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies

National Association of Social Workers

Transition Assistance

Homecoming: Resilience after Wartime

Transition Assistance

  • http://www.taonline.com/
  • Transition Assistance is the largest single source of transition assistance information and tools for today’s separating service members.

Transition Assistance Guide for Demobilizing Members of the Guard and Reserves

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

VA Vet Centers

Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association

  • http://www.biausa.org/
  • 800-444-6443
  • This organization provides advocacy, education, research, and prevention information on traumatic brain injury.

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

  • http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/
  • 800-870-9244
  • This program, administered jointly by both the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, has a mission to “serve active duty military, their dependents, and veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury through state of the art medical care, innovative clinical research initiatives, and educational programs.”

Department of Defense Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC)

National Brain Injury Information Center

  • 800-444-6443

Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide

  • http://www.tbiguide.com/
  • This easy-to-read guide was developed for survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury and their families.

Books to Read:

  • Gottfried, Jean-Louis. The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook: Your Program for Regaining Cognitive Function and Overcoming Emotional Pain. New Harbinger Publications, 2004.
  • Gronwall, D.M.A.; Philip Wrightson; and Peter Waddell. Head Injury: The Facts: A Guide for Families and Care-Givers. Oxford Medical Publications, 1998.

Veteran Services

These organizations provide a number of advocacy-related services for veterans with some providing assistance in filing for service-connected disability compensation ratings.

National Association of County Service Officers

National Veterans Foundation

  • http://nvf.org/
  • 888-777-4443
  • This organization offers support and information for veterans and their families about resources available in the community, including crisis intervention, benefits counseling, medical treatment, food and shelter, legal aid, and employment training.

Salute America’s Heroes

  • https://saluteheroes.org/
  • This website offers help to military service members who have been wounded or disabled and their families.

Veterans Service Organizations

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations

American Legion

Am-Vets

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

  • http://iava.org/
  • IAVA is the nation’s first and largest group dedicated to the troops and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Useful Books and Guides for a General Audience

  • Armstrong, Keith; Suzanne Best; and Paula Domenici. Courage after Fire: Coping Strategies for Returning Soldiers and Their Families. Ulysses Press, 2005.
  • Cantrell, Bridget and Chuck Dean. Down Range: To Iraq and Back. Wordsmith Books, 2005.
  • Henderson, Kristin. They’re at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront. Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
  • Military Family Research Institute (MFRI). Deployment Support Resources Guide.
    • MFRI provides a special collection of resources that focus on employment issues. Several of these resources focus specifically on deployment and how it affects military families. Other resources are targeted more toward helping children deal with war.
  • Sherman, Deann and Michele Sherman. Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent who has Experienced Trauma. Seeds of Hope Books, 2005.
  • VA National center for PTSD. Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families.

Useful Websites

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

  • http://www.va.gov/
  • This is the main website for the VA and is a great place to begin your search if you are interested in VA services.

Military.com

  • http://www.military.com/
  • Military.com is an organization that connects service members, military families, and veterans to all the benefits of service—government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions, and much more.

Military Severely Injured Joint Support Operations Center

  • 888-774-1361
  • This center advocates for severely injured military personnel and their families.

Veterans Benefits Administration

  • http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/
  • This is the main website of the Veterans Benefits Administration. It gives information on compensation and pension, home loans, and other services.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service

  • http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/
  • This website provides information on rehabilitation, education counseling, employment counseling, and independent living services for veterans.

General Resources

Military OneSource

  • http://www.militaryonesource.mil/
  • User ID: military; Password: onesoure
  • 800-342-9647
  • Designed to help members of the military, veterans, and families deal with life issues for free 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call and speak to a consultant who can answer almost any question you may have.

State Department of Human Services

  • Each state has some form of department of human services that can assist state residents with a variety of domestic issues.

State Departments of Veterans Affairs

  • Each state has its own department of veterans affairs to help service members who live there.

Special Section: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Services

  • The VA provides medical, dental, emotional well-being, behavioral health services, and other benefits to service members. Free services for military-related problems for the first two years following deployment, and copay based on eligibility after two years. The VA has many community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in addition to their medical centers.
  • The VA has three sections:
    • Health (VHA) Veterans Health Administration
      • Complete VA form 10-10EZ to sign up for VA health care services even if you think you’ll never use these services.
      • 877-222-8387
      • www.va.gov/health
    • Benefits (VBA, other than health) Veterans Benefits Administration
    • Veterans Cemetery
    • VA nationwide toll-free number: 800-827-1000
    • http://www.va.gov/

VA Medical Centers

  • http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isflash=1
  • VA is the largest health care system in the United States, with facilities located in every state.
  • Each medical center has:
    • An OEF/OIF Program Manager to help all recent returnees
    • Health and Mental Health Services
    • A Women Veterans Program Manager
    • Social Work Services

VA Facilities Locator Website

Vet Centers

  • http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/
  • For readjustment counseling services, call 800-905-4675
  • Vet Centers assist veterans and their families toward a successful postwar adjustment, offering readjustment counseling (including PTSD treatment), bereavement, alcohol and drug, trauma, marriage and family, and benefits counseling as well as job services and help obtaining services at the VA and community agencies. There are no copayments or charges for Vet Center services, and services are completely confidential.

My HealthVet

  • https://www.myhealth.va.gov/index.html
  • The VHA Health Portal created for you, your family, and for VA employees. This new health portal will enable you to access health information, tools, and services anywhere in the world that you can access the Internet.

VA National Center for PTSD

  • http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
  • 802-296-6300
  • Although they provide no direct clinical care, the center can improve the well-being and understanding of American veterans. Their website also provides extensive information on stress-related health problems.

VBA: Veterans Benefits Administration

http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/

800-827-1000

Veterans benefits include those listed below and many more. There’s a separate enrollment form that’s much longer and detailed than the health care 10-10EZ. VSO officers and other advocates can help you complete it.

Benefits:

  • Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA
  • Death Pension
  • Dependency Indemnity Compensation
  • Direct Deposit
  • Disability Compensation
  • Disability Pension
  • Education
    • GI Bill: 888-442-4551
    • Home Loan Guaranty
    • Life Insurance
      • 800-669-8477
      • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Seamless Transition Office now VA/DOD Outreach Office

Vetsuccess.gov

  • http://vetsuccess.symplicity.com/
  • This website presents information about the services that the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides to veterans with service-connected disabilities.