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Veterans Resources:

National Center for PTSD

The National Center for PTSD aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.

Where to Get Help for PTSD

Are you are in crisis? You have options-

  • Call 911
  • Go to the nearest Emergency Room
  • Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press "1" or
  • Veterans Confidential Live Chat: 1-to-1 with a counselor available 24/7.

Please note that the National Center for PTSD does not provide direct clinical care or individual referrals. We provide information to help you find local mental health services and information on trauma and PTSD.

PTSD Care for Everyone

PTSD Care for Veterans, Military, and Families

  • All VA Medical Centers provide PTSD care, as well as many VA clinics.
  • Find a VA PTSD Program or a Vet Center near you.
  • Call the 24/7 Veteran Combat Call Center 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran.
  • Military OneSource
    Call 24/7 for counseling and many resources 1-800-342-9647.

Need further assistance? Get Help with VA Care, Benefits, or Claims.

Information on this website is presented for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for informed medical advice or training. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a mental health problem without consulting a qualified health or mental health care provider.

Veterans Service Organizations

  • American Legion*
    The American Legion is a community service organization with 15,000 posts around the country.
  • American Red Cross*
    Since World War I, Red Cross volunteers have provided services to US Veterans.
    AMVETS (or American Veterans) sponsors numerous programs to assist Veterans and their families.
  • Disabled American Veterans*
    The DAV is dedicated to building better lives for America's disabled Veterans and their families.
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart*
    This organization works to promote history, education, fraternity, service and patriotism.
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America*
    The Paralyzed Veterans of America has worked to secure health care and benefits for Veterans of the armed forces living with spinal cord injury and disease.
  • Vietnam Veteran Wives*
    Vietnam Veteran Wives was created to reach out to Veterans, their spouses and families. VVW concerns include benefits for spouses and children, VA Claims, PTSD issues, and other topics related to Veterans and to their families.
  • Vietnam Veterans of America*
    The VVA was created to improve the condition of Vietnam-era Veterans and their families. Families, friends, supporters, and Veterans of other eras can join the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America and receive the same benefits.
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States*
    The VFW enhances the lives of millions through its community service programs and special projects.


This section provides web resources to assist in self-care, coping and treatment following trauma.

  • ABCT Find a Therapist Service*
    The Association for Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT, formerly AABT) maintains a database of therapists.
  • About.com's PTSD Forum*
    An online discussion forum.
  • ADAA Finding Help*
    The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) provides resources for support, and tips for helping friends and relatives. (240) 485-1001.
  • afterdeployment.org*
    A mental wellness resource for Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous*
    A link to the most popular US organization for recovery from alcoholism. Provides information about AA support groups around the US.
  • David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages*
    Research-related trauma resources on the Internet that can be read, joined or searched: on-line databases, a workshop calendar, professional organizations, email discussion lists, and information about effective trauma treatment approaches.
  • Gift From Within*
    A nonprofit organization dedicated to those who suffer from PTSD, those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Includes essays, articles, poetry and art, meditations, Q&A on PTSD, podcasts, book reviews, and more.
  • Give an Hour*
    A nonprofit group providing free mental health services to US military personnel and families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • ISTSS Public Education Pamphlets*
    Fact sheets and pamphlets on trauma-related issues. Available in English, Chinese, Arabic and Spanish.
  • MedlinePlus PTSD Information Page
    MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the US National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations.
  • My HealtheVet
    My HealtheVet is the VHA Health Portal created for you, the Veteran, and your family, as well as for VA employees. This new health portal will enable you to access health information, tools, and services anywhere in the world you can access the Internet.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline*
    Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
  • Safe Helpline*
    Safe Helpline provides confidential one-on-one assistance for victims of military sexual trauma, rape, or domestic violence. Call or text the Safe Helpline at 1-877-995-5247 to talk with someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • SAMHSA's Disaster/Trauma Information Page
    From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website. SAMHSA is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
  • SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center
    Mental health-related information, including a locator to find a treatment provider (or call 1-800-662-4357) and crisis hotline. SAMHSA is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Sesame Street's Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes
    A bilingual educational outreach initiative designed for military families and their young children to share.
  • SIDRAN Institute Help Desk*
    A nationally-focused nonprofit organization devoted to helping people who have experienced traumatic life events. SIDRAN offers a referral list of therapists, as well as a fact sheet on how to choose a therapist for PTSD and dissociative disorders. (410) 825-8888. 
  • Veterans Crisis Line*
    Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 to be connected to a free, 24-hour hotline for Veterans in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
  • Web MD PTSD Information Page*
    WebMD offers medical news, features, reference material, and online community programs.
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