TRAUMA AND COUNSELING INFORMATION
It is normal for people to experience stress responses after traumatic events, including war and combat, acts of terrorism and natural disasters, or violence, such as rape or sexual abuse. Service members are not the only ones who experience trauma, of course, but evidence suggests that certain types of trauma are more prevalent among those who have served than the general public.
For many years, the veteran community and its advocates have been on the forefront of a paradigm shift toward a greater understanding and awareness of health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST) and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
If you experienced any form of sexual assault, rape, or domestic violence while on active duty and still suffer mental or physical health problems today, you can receive counseling and services at the Washington VA Medical Center.
VA Services for Military Sexual Trauma
Vet Center Hotline
1-877-WAR VETS (1.877.927.8387) is an around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as family members of combat Veterans. The service is free for combat Veterans and their families so they may find resources they need at their nearest Vet Center.
Services provided at Vet Centers include bereavement and readjustment counseling to individuals, groups, couples, and families.
If you served in a combat zone and received a campaign ribbon, you and your family are eligible for Vet Center services. In addition, parents, siblings, spouses and children of any active duty service member who dies while on active duty are eligible for bereavement counseling services.
For more information: visit the Federal VA: Vet Centers webpage
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
For more information: Federal VA: Veterans Crisis Line or call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
Give an Hour Counseling
Give an Hour’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteer professionals capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Since 2005 we have focused on providing free and confidential mental health care to those who serve, our veterans, and their families. We have since expanded our efforts to address the mental health needs of other populations. Through the generosity, compassion, and expertise of Give an Hour’s skilled volunteers, we are able to increase the likelihood that those in need receive the support and care they deserve. Contact At: Give an Hour