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Veterans' Resources: Essential Services

This guide is a select list of reference and research resources covering Veterans' Resources.

Where to Get Help for PTSD

Are You in Crisis? You have options: 

Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255; there is now a special option just for Veterans--press "1" to be routed to someone experienced in helping Veterans in crisis.
Contact the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 (text 838255) or Confidential Veterans Chat with a counselor; or Call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

PTSD Care for Veterans, Military, and Families

If you are a war Veteran, find a Vet Center to help with the transition from military to civilian life

Call the 24/7 Veteran Combat Call Center 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran.

DoD's Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) 24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and helps locate resources. Call 1-866-966-1020 or email

Military One Source--Call 24/7 for counseling and resources 1-800-342-9647. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Financial Assistance

Get Financial Assistance for Mortgage/Rent and Emergency Needs

American Red Cross Emergency Financial Services for Active Duty Military Personnel  Get emergency help for Service Members and families, including assistance for food, temporary lodging, travel, urgent medical needs, and utility assistance.
Armed Forces Foundation  Provides financial support to Service Members for everyday living expenses, home improvements, transition and career counseling, funeral arrangements, travel expenses, and family counseling services.
Provides answers to common questions regarding the HUD Homeownership Voucher Program.
Making Home Affordable Eligible homeowners, including Veterans, can lower their monthly mortgage payments and get into more stable loans at today's low rates. If ownership is no longer affordable, the program can provide a way out which avoids foreclosure. Help is a Phone Call Away 888-995-HOPE (4673).  
Operation Homefront  assists military families coping with deployment and injury recovery as they struggle with budget issues. They provide emergency financial assistance to service members and their families as they take action to resolve their financial situations, including help for rent, mortgage, food assistance, utilities, and temporary lodging, and other emergency financial needs.
USA Cares  Their Emergency Assistance program offers post-9/11 service members, veterans and their families assistance with unexpected car repairs, utility bills and even emergency food assistance, while their Housing Assistance program has saved 1,500 military families from foreclosure or eviction from homes.  Grants not Loans: USA Cares provides grants to solve problems not loans to prolong them. 

Help for Homeless Vets

Books and DVDS on PTSD

Requesting Military Records

Local Veterans' Resources

The following agencies offer information and referral, and other services, of interest to veterans.  

NJVet2Vet A free, confidential helpline (1-866-VETS-NJ-4 or 1-866-838-7654) provides New Jersey Veterans and their families with access to a comprehensive support network of mental health professionals specializing in issues specific to Veterans returning to civilian life.

State of New Jersey Department of Military & Veterans' Affairs Atlantic City
1008 Absecon Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401-1999
609-441-3060/3061; 609-441-3899, fax, HOURS 8:30 - 4:30 M-F
Information and services for veterans and families provided in the Atlantic City office include eligibility and application for federal and state veterans benefits.

US Department of Veterans Affairs - Vet Center
Ventnor Professional Campus
6601 Ventnor Ave., Suite 401
Ventnor, NJ 08406
Phone: (609) 487-8387; Hours: 8:30-5:00 M-F
The Vet Center offers a  range of outreach readjustment counseling, consultation, education and referral for veterans to help them adjust to civilian life. Information on veterans educational and job training benefits is also provided. In addition, individual/ group counseling, and marital/ family psychotherapy are provided. 

Philadelphia VA Regional Office & Insurance Center (VAROIC)--Call 1-800-827-1000 - Veterans Services Representatives are available from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday thru Friday.

VAROIC, Philadelphia is dedicated to serving Veterans and their dependents. They process claims for Compensation, Pension, Death Benefits, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment and Life Insurance, education benefits and home loans..For questions about the VA Home Loan Program, call 1888-232-2571; For questions about the GI Bill, contact the Regional Education Processing Office at 1-888-GI-BILL 

Veterans' Hotlines

Bereavement Counseling   1-202-461-6530

Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA)  1-800-733-8387

Education    1-888-442-4551

Health Care   1-877-222-8387

Homeless Veterans    1-877-424-3838

Veterans Crisis Line    1-800-273-8255

VA Benefits    1-800-827-1000

VA Combat Call Center    1-877-927-8387

Women Veterans    1-855 VA WOMEN 

Wounded Warrior Resource Center 1.800.342.9647 

Veterans" Organizations

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