Women Veterans Health Care
Survival instincts develop fast during daily exposure to gunfire and explosions. It also happens with deployments and other military service. Learning to let go of that lifestyle can be difficult, especially after returning home.
Are you wondering how you fit in with your family, friends and loved ones? Do you feel alone and isolated or that your relationships aren’t as close as they used to be?
If so, VA offers an array of services to help women Veterans readjust to life at home. The Vet Center offers free and private services to help women Veterans and active duty readjust to home life, VA mobile apps are available for self-help, education and support following trauma, and VA offers a 24/7 hotline for women Veterans, Servicemembers and their families to discuss issues and challenges they are facing.
Readjustment Counseling Services
Life isn't always easy for women Veterans after a deployment. That's where Vet Centers can help. Vet Centers across the U.S. provide a broad range of services to women combat Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families. The Vet Center program was started by Congress in 1979. Vet Centers are community-based and part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Vet Center program staff are the people in VA who welcome home war Veterans and Servicemembers with honor. They provide quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers know and appreciate these individuals’ war experiences. Staff assist Veterans and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.
Services for a woman Veteran or Servicemember may include individual and group counseling in areas such as:
- Individual and group counseling for Veterans and their families
- Family counseling for military related issues
- Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
- Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
- Outreach and education including PDHRA, community events, etc.
- Substance abuse assessment and referral
- Employment assessment & referral
- VBA benefits explanation and referral
- Screening & referral for medical issues including TBI, depression, etc.
All services are free of cost and are strictly confidential. Learn more about services offered through Vet Centers.
VA Mobile Apps
Our mobile applications (apps) provide self-help, education and support following trauma. We also have treatment companion apps, for use with a health care provider, to make treatment easier. There are apps for iOS and Android devices.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that often needs professional evaluation and treatment. These apps are not intended to replace needed professional care. VA Self-Help Apps include, PTSD Coach, PTSD Family Coach, and Mindfulness Coach
The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and cope with symptoms related to PTSD that commonly occur after trauma.The PTSD Family Coach app is designed to support family members of those living with PTSD. The Mindfulness Coach is an app that helps you learn how to ground yourself in the present moment, and it can help you cope better with unpleasant thoughts and emotions.
877-WAR-VETS Combat Call Center
Women Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families can call 877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) around the clock. This is a call center where they can call and talk in private. They can talk about any issue(s) they are facing. The staff are combat Veterans and family members of combat Veterans. This service is prepaid through the Veteran’s military service.
VA is HERE - Coming Home Is Just The Beginning
Coming home after a deployment entails a massive physical, emotional, and mental shift—regardless of how routine or stressful the deployment was for a Veteran. The new normal at home can often be very different than what life was like on active duty, and the shift can often happen very quickly with little time to adjust. There can be family pressure to pick up life where it was left off before the deployment—which can be particularly poignant during the holiday season—and a range of difficult emotions when the pieces don’t magically fall back into place.
VA recognizes the many challenges women Veterans face during reintegration. Stressors such as feeling alone, adjusting to civilian life, reclaiming family roles, loss of military title, and redeployment anxieties are all normal struggles of reintegration. Not every transition is the same and no matter the level of difficulty, VA is committed to providing the resources and services to help women Veterans reestablish their lives with support and dignity.
When reintegration feels as challenging as the deployment, VA is here to offer the support women Veterans need, using the vehicle best suited to the Veteran. Whether it is online, over the phone, or in-person, VA is focused on reminding women Veterans that resources are available to help them transition home after a deployment.
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