With warmer weather approaching, many people are beginning to “spring clean.” Tossing or donating old items, getting rid of clutter and opening windows to let fresh air inside the home, all to prepare for a new and productive season. This year, consider a spring cleaning for your mind. Get rid of stressful thoughts, cross things off the mental to-do checklist, and find solutions to any nagging concerns by taking advantage of the services provided through the Vets4Warriors call center.
The Vets4Warriors call center is staffed by Veterans who understand the unique challenges of military life. Support and resources are available to all Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Service members, as well as their families, 24/7, via phone, online chat, and email. The support provided is confidential and is not shared with the military or any other entity.
“No matter what issues or challenges the caller is having, our Vets4Warriors peers have the experience, knowledge, training, and tools to help callers whenever the need arises,” said Major General (Retired) Mark Graham, Director of Vets4Warriors. “We are ready to answer your call 24/7.”
As Veterans and military family members themselves, Vets4Warriors peers who staff our call center understand the challenges of military life and are here to support. Their backgrounds are as diverse as those who call, coming from all Service branches, with experiences from Vietnam to Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, humanitarian missions, and other operations.
Sometimes, certain issues will require specific expertise, such as financial resources, legal advice, or medical services. In these instances, Vets4Warriors peers will work to find the best options for you and help find resources in your community. Additionally, Vets4Warriors peers will follow up with you to ensure ongoing peer support.
When you call, you’ll be matched with a Vets4Warriors peer who can help you:
- Stay healthy
- Build stronger relationships
- Plan for financial success
- Explore treatment options
- Reintegrate after deployment
- Solve problems
- Manage/reduce stress
- Overcome challenges
- Cope with loss
- Transition out of the Service
The Vets4Warriors program began in December 2011, and originally only provided peer support to members of the National Guard and Reserves. Under the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO), the program expanded in September 2013 to include all Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve Service members, and military families. Since its inception, Vets4Warriors has received more than 45,000 calls and conducted nearly 2,000 live online chats.
“Vets4Warriors peers help callers overcome adversity, manage stress, and build resilience,” said Ms. Jacqueline Garrick, Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office. “The purpose of the Vets4Warriors Call Center is to provide our Service men and women and their families with ongoing peer support, and the resources they need, when they need them.”
Vets4Warriors can be reached via phone at 855-838-8255, via online chat through http://www.vets4warriors.com, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Vets4Warriors program, visit http://www.vets4warriors.com. For more information on DSPO, visit http://www.suicideoutreach.org.
(Provided by The Defense Suicide Prevention Office)