For age-friendly communities working to support local older veterans or work with community-based veterans’ agents, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is highlighting a need for attention to service members, Veterans, military-connected families, and caregivers who may be feeling a wide range of emotions as the tragic events unfold in the fall of Afghanistan.
These events may be triggering, and increased support for mental health, substance use disorders, and overall well-being is more important than ever. SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center stands ready to help state and community leaders rally around those who have served. Their TA team is composed of Veterans, family members, caregivers, and dedicated individuals who are called to serve those who have sacrificed so much for our country.
Resources available for additional supports:
- Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255
- Women Veterans Hotline: 855-829-663
- Vet Center Call Center: 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
- VA Caregiver Support Line: 855-260-3274
Military OneSource: militaryonesource.mil