Veterans and Returning Soldiers
Many returning soldiers and veterans living in rural areas fail to get the help they need because of barriers to health care and other human services. The primary barrier facing this population is the geographic distance from the nearest Veterans Administration (VA) health facility. In other cases, some returning soldiers and veterans do not qualify for some or any VA benefits, or they are unaware of the benefits, services, and facilities available to them. Therefore, numerous cases of chronic and acute mental, social, and physical conditions remain untreated.
Some returning soldiers and veterans face poverty, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. VA health facilities address these issues by developing partnerships with area community health clinics and hospitals to deliver care via telemedicine, mobile VA clinics and community-based outpatient clinics. More and more, the VA also depends on non-profit, veteran service organizations to help care for the growing population of returning soldiers and veterans in need of health care and basic human services.
DHCC Helpline for Clinicians and
Deployment Health Clinical Center
Toll Free: 866.559.1627
Phone: 301.400.1517 (DSN 469.1517)
Resource for Retired or Separated
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
- VA Benefits: 800.827.1000
- Health Care Benefits: 877.222.8387
- Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD): 800.829.4833
Housing and Homelessness
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: 877.4AID VET (877.424.3838)
Reintegration Resource for Service Members Returning from Combat Zones
Veteran's Outreach Center: 585.546.1081, 866.906.8387, email@example.com
VA Assistance During Hurricane
Veterans and their families can call 800.507.4571 for information and assistance about VA facilities
There are more organizations related to Veterans and Returning Soldiers in the organizations section.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many veterans are there in the United States?
- What is the Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee (VRHAC)?
- Where do veterans reside?
- What is a Vet Center?
- What is a Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN)?
- How many VA health centers are there and where are they located?
- What is Care Coordination Services (CCS)?
- Who is eligible for VA benefits?
- Who is eligible for TRICARE participation?
- What is an Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC) and how can I start one?
- What are some statistics involving veterans and healthcare?
- How can a veteran apply for VA medical benefits?
- Are there education financial assistance programs for veterans and their families?
- Where can returning soldiers, veterans and their families receive immediate assistance?