Resources for Military Families and Those That Help Them
- Veteran Employment Program Offices (FEDShireVETS)
Find a list of Federal agencies and their Veteran Employment Program contacts.
- Special Appointing Authorities for Veterans (FEDShireVETS): Find guidelines for Special
Hiring Authorities for Veterans.
- HHS Careers Help Desk Contacts: If you have issues related to a specific vacancy announcement, or you
have trouble logging into HHS Careers, please contact the individuals listed in the vacancy announcement or the appropriate helpdesk listed on the Help Desk Contacts page for assistance.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health:
- National Center for PTSD (VA): Learn how to manage stress reactions following trauma with
helpful PTSD coaching materials.
- Military Families Page: This page is designed to help military families and veterans deal with behavioral
health issues associated with military service. SAMHSA offers support through technical assistance for state, territory, and tribal behavioral health systems serving service members, veterans, and
- Veteran Crisis Line: Veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained
counselors. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273- TALK (8255), and press “1” to be routed to the veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.
- Women Veterans and Mental Health (WomensHealth.gov): Find information and resources on the
mental health needs of women veterans.
- HealthFinder.gov for Veterans and Military Health: This page includes A to Z
searchable information from Suicide Prevention to Frequently Asked Questions about PTSD.
- Help for Service Members, Veterans and Their Families: Current and former
service members may face different mental health issues than the general public.
- Achieving New Mental Health Treatment Goals for Veterans,
Service Members and their Families: See blog about cross agency initiatives to improve access and invest in research to improve the science and understanding of mental health care and
treatment for veterans, service members, and their families.
- Rural Assistance Center: The Rural Assistance Center helps rural communities and other rural
stakeholders access the full range of available health and human services programs, funding, and research. The website includes a “Returning Soldier and Veteran Health” section with a Frequently
Asked Questions segment.
Children and Families:
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: This network improves access to
care, treatment, and service for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. It includes the Military Family Resource Area and Knowledge Bank, an online database of information about the
problems facing military families and children.
- Military Families Considering Adoption: The Administration for Children and Families Child Welfare
Information Gateway answers questions about adoption of children by military personnel and their families. It includes a listing of adoption agencies able to place U.S. citizens living abroad,
information on the adoption reimbursement program for active duty members of the military services, and a bulletin explaining the benefits of adoption by military families.
- Native American Veterans: Storytelling for
Healing (ACF): Order a DVD with resources to help heal and contribute to the wellness of native communities.
- Child Support Enforcement for the Military and Veterans: This program ensures that children
can count on reliable support from their parents. Military families face unique challenges because of deployments or other lengthy separations. Now, state child support programs intervene earlier and
respond quicker to parents’ changing circumstances so that support orders remain reasonable and fair.
- Military Helpline: This crisis hotline is staffed by members of the military who
understand the stresses and challenges faced by veterans and their families. Active members of the military, veterans, and families can call (888) 457-4838 to discuss issues like substance abuse,
PTSD, anger, suicidal feelings, depression, and any other issue that affects quality of life in this population.
- National Center for PTSD: Sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs, this website is a resource center of information on post-traumatic stress disorder, one of the most common reasons for substance abuse among veterans. The website
provides education, background information, and access to resources on PTSD.
- Operation Homefront: This program oversees a range of programs that support
military members and their families, including emergency assistance funds, transitional housing services, mortgage-free home awards, and resources for spouses and children.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA): Publications and Resources on Veterans and Military Families: This government agency and leader in substance abuse treatment and research provides a detailed list of
services, tools, and informational materials on addiction for veterans and their loved ones.
- S. Department of Health & Human Services:
Supporting Military Families: This website lists resources on a broad range of topics affecting military members and their families, including general health, mental health, substance
abuse, and other relevant topics.
- VA Caregiver Support: This program provides assistance for family members who dedicate
their time and resources to caring for injured or disabled veterans. The website includes a list of tools, services, and information about benefits available to spouses or other family members. To
contact the VA by telephone, family members can call the Caregiver Support Line at (855) 260-3274.
- Veterans Crisis Line: Veterans and families seeking help in a crisis situation can
contact a Department of Veterans Affairs responder at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year, by phone, text, or online chat. For confidential assistance, call (800) 273-8255, or send a text
to 838255. The crisis line’s website includes resources and tools on how to identify signs of a potential mental health or substance abuse problem, and how to find treatment options for oneself or a
- Veterans Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program:
Managed by the Veterans Health Association, this program provides rehabilitation services to veterans with substance abuse issues. Covered treatment includes detoxification programs, alcohol or drug
rehab, and psychiatric care.
- Women Veterans Call Center: Staffed by VA
employees, this call center is dedicated to answering questions and providing resources on the concerns of female vets. Veterans or family members are welcome to call the center at (855)