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8/15/2013

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When you become a veteran of the U.S. military, you’re a lifelong member of a uniquely supportive community. Please share this information with those you know who might benefit.

The Veterans Crisis Line—(800) 273-8255 press 1—connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text (Text 838255). Veterans and their loved ones can call, chat online, and text message.  Confidential support is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is also available.  Help spread the word.

Make the Connection provides resources and personal stories to help Veterans discover ways to deal with issues affecting their lives. Many Veterans—from those who served in World War II to those involved in current conflicts—return not only with physical wounds but also mental health issues they may not recognize.  Don’t go it alone.  Take steps to get your life on a better track with these tools and information. 

You can use this Sports Club Finder to connect with community-based programs--including Paralympic Sports Clubs--that provide sports and physical activity opportunities for disabled Veterans and others with disabilities. All programs and activities are based in the community and are run by local organizations. 

One phone call can make all the difference for a homeless Veteran or someone who is at risk of becoming homeless. Call (877) 424-3838 to be connected 24/7 with VA&qts services where you’ll find help for yourself or a Veteran you know.  

For more information, visit www.va.gov or use this directory of toll-free numbers for specific VA benefits.

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