Help for National Guard/Reserves

Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK, Veterans Press 1

For immediate crisis services, The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. To operate the Veterans Hotline, the VA partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press “1” to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline. Staff members are specially trained to take calls from military veterans and its staffed 24 hours a day, everyday. While all operators are trained to help veterans, some are also former military personnel. All callers will be connected to most appropriate resources.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also has an extensive amount of resources on the website for veterans.  Please link here to access the page which includes a 24/7 Live Chat option as well as a resource locator, enrollment and benefits information, etc.

Armed Forces and Military Jobs 
Links on this page hosted by Job-Opportunities.com offer advice on how former military personnel, even those with disabilities, can find work in the civilian sector after their term of service ends.

Army Reserve Family Programs

(800) 318-5298 (Army HR Command)
The Army Reserve Family Programs offers homecoming and reunion resources, including tips and links to resources.

Citizen Soldiers Support Programs
Citizen Soldiers Support Programs works with local community agencies and organizations to address needs of citizen soldiers (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their families.

Department of Defense (DOD) Restoring Hope, You Can Help Save a Life
This website provides many stories, videos, and materials related to suicide prevention efforts across the DOD entities. This includes links to the VA and force-specific suicide prevention programs.

DOD Military Health System Suicide Prevention Page
This website offers an overview of many suicide prevention related resources.

Deployment Health Clinical Center
The Deployment Health Clinical Center Web site offers a list of resources for service members and their families and a link to the Department of Defense Mental Health Self-Assessment Program for alcohol and mental health screening.

National Guard Family Programs
(888) 777-7731
The National Guard Family Programs offer information about programs, benefits, and resources, including family, youth and community outreach initiatives.

Service Members’ Legal Rights While on Active Duty
An overview of the legal rights soldier and their families have related to overseas deployments.

TRICARE
(888) 363-2273 Main TRICARE Information Service number
(800) 403-3950 South Region (Tennessee)(877) 874-2273 North Region
(888) 874-9378 West Region

TRICARE has three regional claims offices that can be contacted for information about healthcare benefits, including benefits for mental health and substance abuse services.

War Within
Locate local members of this network of primary and behavioral health care providers who are trained in, or who have expressed an interest in, serving the specific needs of military service members, veterans, and their families.

Related Publications

Helping National Guard and Reserve Reenter the Workplace
How Communities Can Support the Children and Families of Those Serving in the National Guard or Reserves
Returning to Work