Psychological Health and Well-Being
The following listings cover a variety of government agencies and non-profit organizations providing programs and outreach services to Soldiers, veterans and their families who are in need of counseling or other forms of assistance as they deal with the everyday stresses of military life and the long-term impact of deployment and war.
The American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association is the professional organization of psychologists in the United States. Information about PTSD is available online.
Deployment Health Clinical Center PDHealth
PDHealth.mil is a resource for clinicians, veterans, and their families. Their goal is to create a partnership between military men and women, veterans, their families, and their providers to ensure the highest quality care for military personnel.
Give An Hour
Give an Hour in a non-profit organization that asks mental health professionals nationwide to give one hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Those military personnel who take part in the free service then give an hour back in their own community through community projects and volunteer work.
The U.S. Army health promotion and wellness website.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Veterans Resource Center
The Center's resources include fact sheets, self-help information, online discussion groups, research adn policy updates, and links to government agencies and other private organizations.
The National Center for PTSD
The NCPTSD web site provides veterans, family members, clinicians, and researchers with a variety of educational resources, fact sheets, and videos on PTSD topics which may be downloaded via the site’s information center. The Center also has guides, available in PDF format, to help military personnel and their families understand what to expect when returning from a war zone, and to help them readjust to home life.
National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO)
NACVSO officers serve as liaisons between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Servicemembers and their families.
Mental Health Self-Assessment Program
An online screening tool to help soldiers and family members who may be dealing with the emotional and psychological after effects of deployment, including depression and post traumatic stress disorder. The site does not provide diagnosis but suggests options for counseling and further assistance.
The official Department of Defense web site for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers.
Offers 24/7 support to military personnel and their families by phone, online and face-to-face through private counseling sessions in the local community. Consultants are available by calling 1-800-342-9647.
Returning From The War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Members
The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder developed a manual to help families with military members returning from war. The manual is available free of charge for download.
Seamless Transition (Veterans’ Affairs)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has created this web site to provide benefits information and assistance to eligible veterans Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR)
SOFAR is a pro-bono program run by mental health professionals to provide support and counseling and educational services to the families of National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers returning from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait.
US Welcome Home Foundation
A non-profit organization offering social, emotional, spiritual, and economic needs of soldiers and veterans through family retreats (the Phoenix Project), research, referrals, and advocacy.
Veterans and Families Coming Home
A private initiative, this web site provides information for families, employers, and communities, to help support homecoming veterans in their transition from military to civilian life.
Veterans for America
Veterans for America (VFA), formerly the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, aims to unite veterans from past wars to address the needs of veterans, Servicemembers, and families. It has published the Resource Guide: Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, in order to provide a comprehensive directory of resources and benefits to assist in readjustment for returning veterans.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.4 million members in approximately 9,000 Posts worldwide. Veterans can find resources through the organization’s web site and become involved in service projects.
An online community of military veterans.
Women’s Mental Health Center
Part of the NCPTSD, the Center offers residential programs for women veterans of all eras.
The Association of the United States Army Family Programs Directorate does not endorse any of the the organizations listed below nor the information about services provided on their websites