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RESOURCES FOR VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY IN THE MILITARY


VETERANS CRISIS LINE

Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), press “1” for Veterans. This is a free 24-hour hotline (National Suicide Prevention Hotline) available for Veterans or anyone concerned about them who may be in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Online chat is available or text 838255. Support for deaf, hard of hearing or veterans with hearing loss (TTY Users): Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.


STOP SOLDIER SUICIDE: Military and Veteran Suicide Prevention

Stop Soldier Suicide works 1-on-1 with troops, veterans, and military families to help navigate the maze of services, programs and assistance available. Resources include mental health, emergency financial aid, housing assistance, alternative therapies, education, and more. Call (844) 907-1342.


TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc)

TAPS offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service including death by suicide. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. Call 24/7 1-800-959-TAPS (8277)


VET CENTERS

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. Readjustment counseling is offered to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling are offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma. Vet Centers are located throughout the United States.


To learn more, contact the VA Vet Center, Chatsworth Vet Center, located at 20946 Devonshire St., Suite #101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Phone: (818) 576-0201.

See also the Combat Call Center: 1-877-WAR-VETS (927-8387) is a 24/7 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. This benefit is prepaid through the veteran’s military service.


SANTA CLARITA VETERAN SERVICES COLLABORATIVE

A gathering of dedicated business men and women, non-profit organizations, and individuals pledged to care for the interests of local veterans and their families. There is a resource guide with links for a variety of resources including counseling, medical, education, employment, housing, transportation, and legal services. Call: (661) 753-3559.


COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER

The Veteran Resource Center guides veteran students and veteran dependents through the process of accessing their VA education and vocational benefits at the college's Valencia and Canyon Country campuses. For more information please contact the VRC via email at [email protected] or phone (661) 362-3469.


NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI): Veterans & Active Duty

Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition, according to a 2014 study in JAMA Psychiatry. On this page we focus on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. If you are having thoughts of suicide, the Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 by dialing 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1.

NAMI offers information, support and education specifically for veterans, service members and their families. To learn more, visit the website below. You may also with to visit NAMI Homefront. NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AND VETERAN AFFAIRS

This office of the Los Angeles County government provides resources for veterans regarding benefits, education, housing, employment, and healthcare. Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, Santa Clarita—Community and Senior Services: Walk In. 26111 Bouquet Canyon Road, Building G, Suite GO. Santa Clarita, CA 91350. Tel (661) 452-3413. Hours: 9am-4pm. Phone: (661) 254-0070; (661) 254-0071, and (661) 254-0072. See the website for other locations in Los Angeles County.




MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA of LOS ANGELES (MHALA)

Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) works to ensure that people with mental health needs achieve meaningful, healthy lives in their communities. We serve adults and transition-age youth who are facing mental health needs and do not have financial resources, including Veterans and people who are or have been homeless.

In the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys, MHALA is the provider for veterans’ housing services in Service Areas 1 and 2. We are also the provider for Housing For Health in these areas. MHALA’s ‘Operation Healthy Homecoming’ serves veteran families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness because they live in unstable housing situations or are experiencing serious financial difficulties.

Eligible veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness can receive help with housing stability and sustainability, benefits assistance and personal financial planning, and temporary financial assistance. The program also includes employment training and job placement and coaching. • For Long Beach: (414) 570-0241; Email: [email protected] • For Palmdale: (661) 947-1993; Email: [email protected] • For Newhall: (661) 430-9360; Email: [email protected]


US DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS: National Center for PTSD

The VA National Center for PTSD is the world’s leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and traumatic stress.


MENTAL HEALTH

Resources for anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury, sexual trauma, schizophrenia, substance abuse.


CENTER FOR WOMEN VETERANS (CWV): WOMEN VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH

VA Health Benefits include mental health services for Women Veterans. These include inpatient and outpatient care at VA medical centers; community-based outpatient treatment services; Vet Center support, including individual and whole-family services, for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychological effects of military sexual trauma (MST), depression, grief, anxiety, readjustment, substance use disorders, and other needs.


CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) works to serve California veterans and their families. Its mission is to “serve and honor all California veterans by connecting them and their families with their earned benefits through education, advocacy, and direct services.” See the website for links to services and programs, or search for a provider. Contact CalVet at (800) 952-5626.