The following are available veteran services for you and your family. This is not meant to replace VA services, but to supplement and augment.
The following resources are meant to build resilience for individuals and families and are available on-line and "on-demand."
All information provided is on a "good-faith" basis. As this guide is a work in progress, please report all errors or omissions to this website. Please share all successes, barriers, suggestions for improvement of this guide.
Also, please share your successes and frustrations regarding access to necessary VA services. We are exploring ways to build resource access.
Stay tuned to future editions as we seek to expand, improve, and evolve.
California Veteran's Resource Book 2014
This is the most current California resource guidebook for veterans. This guidebook includes California State Benefits (includes exemptions,
and recreational access),
healthcare (including presumptive conditions,
traumatic brain injury,
access to education benefits,
housing (including home loans),
(and related assistance.)
offers printed educational, self-study, and self-help materials for on-the-go.
All materials are veteran oriented.
There are private/confidential self-assessments,
coping strategies, and
recommendations for well-being.
depression, forgiveness, generosity,
mTBI symptom management,
perceived social support,
physical injury recovery,
post deployment social support,
satisfaction with life,
work adjustment, and
PTSD Coach Online
PTSD Coach Online is for anyone who needs help with upsetting feelings. Trauma survivors, their families, or anyone coping with stress can benefit.
Be in the moment, change negative thinking patterns, identify your values and goals, relax through breathing, deal with trauma reminders, learn to be assertive, relax though visualization, change how you think about sleep, form good sleep habits, problem solving, plan something enjoyable, weigh the pros/cons of holding onto distressing thoughts, write to reflect, and relax your body.
Serves Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families through clinical care, education, and research. Through educational programs like this,
we strive to build understanding and support within all communities that touch military children and their families.
Parenting for Service Members and Veterans
Free online course that features key tools to support your parenting.
Parenting information and strategies for service members and veteran parents.
Guidance to help you reconnect with your children after a deployment and beyond.
Videos of real families' stories, helpful exercises, and practical parenting tip sheets.
Moving forward is a free, on-line educational and life coaching program that teaches problem solving skills to handle life's challenges.
It is designed to be especially helpful for veterans, military service members, and their families.
Does stress affect your performance?
Is your brain overloaded?
How stressed are you?
Simple steps to solve your problems.
NON-VA SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
292 Madison Avenue,
New York, NY 10017
p: 212-982-9699 f: 212-982-8645
777 North Capitol NE, Suite 403
Washington, DC 20002
p: 202-544-7692 f: 202-544-7694
IAVA addresses critical issues facing new veterans and their families, including mental health injuries, a stretched VA system, inadequate health care for female veterans, and GI Bill educational benefits. IAVA also provides valuable resources and empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
11150 W. Olympic Blvd.,. Suite 650
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: (310) 235-2633 Fax: (310) 235-2612
Includes Traumatic Grief for military children (death and unconfirmed death), the grieving process, and general resources.
The Soldiers Project
4605 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
818 761 7474
New York City,
Free, confidential psychological counseling for soldiers and their families.
Licensed mental health professionals to any military member/veteran who served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Free therapy to loved ones, boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, children, parents and grandparents.
Keep in touch via phone or the internet if needed.
Swords to Plowshares
1060 Howard Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103
Veterans work one-on-one with Swords' staff to overcome barriers to employment and assess their individual needs. Transitional and permanent supportive housing programs offer comprehensive care in a therapeutic and veteran-specific community.
These unique programs have provided thousands of at-risk and homeless veterans with the stability and support they need to rebuild their lives. Health and Social Services Department, known as the Frontline Drop-in Center, provides critical services to homeless and low-income veterans in San Francisco.
The counselors, many of whom are veterans themselves, are dedicated to helping veterans suffering mental illness and addiction overcome poverty. Legal assistance includes discharge upgrades for combat related bad conduct discharges (less than honorable.)
Wellness resources for the military community
military sexual trauma,
health & wellness,
-Self-help resources available. Send me an "inmate request."
-Phone application available!
Tactical Breathing Trainer,
Wounded Warrior Project
4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300,
Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Ph: 877.832.6997. Fax: 904.296.7347
Special projects include:
(helps warriors heal their spirits and helps to overcome combat stress through outdoor, rehabilitative retreats that encourage a connection with nature, peers, Odyssey staff, and Vet Center counselors.
Important Contact Numbers:
Outreach Center: 866-966-1020
National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 (800-273-TALK)
Veterans Affairs General Hotline: 800-827-1000
You may request a copy of the Guidebook for California Incarcerated Veterans with the button below:
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