Federal and Military Organizations

Federal agencies and military organizations that support all service branches, Reserve and Guard components, health care providers or military families through programming, education or support services.

Federal and Military Organizations

afterdeployment

afterdeployment is a wellness resource focused on helping service members, veterans and their families with common post-deployment problems. The website provides self-care solutions targeting post-traumatic stress, depression, anger, sleep, relationship concerns, and other behavioral health challenges.

Air Force Reserve Command Psychological Health Advocacy Program

The Psychological Health Advocacy Program supports Air Force reserve members coping with psychological health concerns and their families through the use of creative initiatives and collaboration with public and private organizations. The program's resources and regional teams are designed to effectively address the psychological health needs of the Air Force reserve community through all stages of deployment and transition.

Air Force Wounded Warrior Program

The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program works to ensure that airmen receive professional support and care from the point of injury to no less than five years after separation or retirement. There is no difference in the care provided for any total force member — active duty, National Guardsman or reservist. The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program will advocate for services on airmen’s behalf, assist in integrating airmen and families back into their local communities, provide professional services such as transition, employment, moving, financial counseling and emergency financial assistance and coordinate benefits counseling and services provided by DoD, VA and other helping agencies. 

America's Heroes at Work

America's Heroes at Work is a U.S. Department of Labor project that addresses the employment challenges of returning service members coping with psychological health concerns. The organization provides employment tools and resources for veterans coping with traumatic brain injury or posttraumatic stress disorder, including information on career counseling and benefits. The organization also helps educate employers and the workforce development community by sharing real life success stories of employers that hired veteran employees coping with psychological health concerns.

Army Installation Management Command

Installation Management Command provides the Army with the installation capabilities and services to support expeditionary operations in a time of persistent conflict, and to provide a quality of life for soldiers and families commensurate with their service. Because it offers relocation help, soldiers and their families can visit the Installation Management Command’s Relocation Web page for instructions and advice for planning, moving and settling in. 

Army Post-Deployment Health Reassessment

The third and last of the Army Deployment Health Assessments is the Post-Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA), a comprehensive physical and behavioral health screening conducted 90 - 180 days post-deployment. The PDHRA is a required screening for soldiers and Department of the Army civilians who deployed outside the continental United States for 30 days or more with a non-fixed military treatment facility. The assessment contains three parts: resilience training, a self-assessment and a confidential conversation with a healthcare provider.

Army Wounded Warrior Program

AW2 is the official U.S. Army program that assists and advocates for severely wounded, injured and ill soldiers and their families, wherever they are located, for as long as it takes. AW2 provides individualized support to this unique population of soldiers, who were injured or became ill during their service in the global war on terrorism. 

Center for Deployment Psychology

The Center for Deployment Psychology trains military and civilian behavioral health professionals to provide the high quality care necessary to address the deployment-related needs of military personnel and their families.

Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine is a federal medical research program that has transformed collaborative interactions between the Defense Department, National Institutes of Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Congress established the center to bring together the expertise of physicians and scientists at these collaborating institutions in the National Capital area to develop innovative approaches to brain injury diagnosis and recovery. The center addresses the full range of traumatic brain injury (TBI), with a special focus on militarily relevant forms of TBI such as blast, repeat brain trauma events and the effect of anxiety and the simultaneous development of post-traumatic stress disorder with TBI.

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

CSTS conducts research, education, consultation and training on preparing for and responding to the psychological effects and health consequences of traumatic events, including the development of military health fact sheets to improve the well-being of deployed service members and their families.

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

The mission of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness is to enhance the health and well-being of military families by increasing their resilience in meeting the challenges, and maximizing the rewards, of the military lifestyle. The Clearinghouse is an interactive, web-based hub designed to help professionals who work with military families. By partnering with professionals, the organization promotes the use of evidence-based programs and practices, and helps professionals choose and apply the right programs and practices that can enhance military family readiness and foster resiliency.

Coaching Into Care

Coaching Into Care, operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, provides free and confidential coaching services to family and friends of a veteran who they believe needs care or support. The program provides coaching through a series of telephone calls to help family members discuss their concerns and learn about treatment options and ways to support the veteran in their decision to get help. Coaching Into Care is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 8:00pm ET at 888-823-7458 or via email at www.va.gov/coachingintocare.

Computer/Electronics Accommodation Program: Wounded Service Member Initiative

The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program provides assistive technology and services to people with disabilities, federal managers, supervisors and IT professionals. The Computer/Electronics Accommodation Program ensures that people with disabilities have equal access to the information environment and opportunities in the Department of Defense and throughout the federal government by increasing access to information and removing barriers to employment opportunity. 

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) serves active duty military, their dependents and veterans with traumatic brain injury through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs and support for force health protection services.

Defense Commissary Agency

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's service members and their families and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country. 

Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence

The Defense Department Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE) works to improve the health and quality of life of service members and veterans by reducing the tangible and intangible costs of hearing loss and auditory injury. Through enhanced diagnosis, assessment and hearing protection, HCE ’s five directorate groups work together to prevent injury, care for the hearing impaired, educate the armed forces about hearing loss and increase the operational effectiveness of the military.

Deployment Health Assessment Program

The Deployment Health Assessment Program (DHAP) supports Army-wide ready and resiliency efforts for soldiers and Army civilians in each phase of deployment. The program is designed to help unit commanders address potential physical and behavioral health concerns, improve operational readiness and provide referral care for their unit.

DSTRESS Line

The DSTRESS Line provides professional, anonymous 24/7/365 behavioral health counseling to build resilience and provide a confidential place for Marines to discuss everything from common everyday stressors to post-traumatic stress disorder. Individuals can contact DSTRESS via phone, Skype or instant chat to speak with veteran Marines, as well as licensed behavioral health counselors specifically trained in the Marine Corps culture. The DSTRESS Line is available to all active duty, Reserve and veteran Marines, attached Sailors, and family members in the western U.S., Hawaii and Alaska.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense organization established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between reserve component members and their civilian employers. The organization actively develops support for National Guard members and reservists by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and resolving conflict between employers and service members. Today, ESGR operates through a network of thousands of volunteers around the country, as well as in Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FOCUS

FOCUS helps military families meet the challenges of deployment and reintegration by offering resiliency training and teaching practical skills. Through its state-of-the-art family resiliency services, the organization's programs guide families on how to effectively communicate and solve problems, set goals together and create a shared family story. FOCUS is available at select U.S. military installations, as well as online.

Human Performance Resource Center

The focus of the Human Performance Resource Center is to gather, organize, categorize and summarize information related to the maintenance, optimization and enhancement of human performance in training and on the battlefield. The center then provides its findings on how to boost human performance in the domains of physical fitness, nutrition, family relationships and the environment to a range of DoD personnel - from commanders and warriors, to military health care providers and non-DoD researchers.

inTransition

inTransition is a voluntary and confidential program that supports service members as they move between health care systems or providers. This joint DoD-VA collaboration connects service members receiving care for psychological health concerns with a personal coach to facilitate the seamless continuation of care throughout their transition (e.g. call to active duty, relocation, retirement). Coaches can also identify local community resources, support groups, crisis intervention services and other assistance in the service member’s new location.

Marine Corps Combat Operational Stress Control

Marine Corps Combat Operational Stress Control (MCCOSC) encompasses all policies and programs to prevent, identify and holistically treat mental injuries caused by combat or other operations.  MCCOSC is one of the priorities of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, to ensure that all Marines and family members who bear the invisible wounds caused by stress receive the best help possible, and that they are afforded the same respect given to the physically injured. 

Military OneSource

Military OneSource is responsible for programs and policies that establish and support community quality of life programs on military installations for service members and their families worldwide. The office coordinates a broad range of quality of life issues within the Department of Defense, including family support and advocacy programs during mobilization and deployment.

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization, in the world, dedicated to mental health research. NIMH's mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure. In order to fulfill this vital public health mission, NIMH fosters innovative thinking and ensures that a full array of scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior and experience.

National Intrepid Center of Excellence

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence, dedicated on June 24, 2010, is an advanced facility dedicated to research, diagnosis and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from mild traumatic brain injury and psychological health issues.

National Resource Directory

The National Resource Directory connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans and their families with services and resources that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. A partnership among the Defense Department, Department of Labor and Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Resource Directory website provides access to nearly 14,000 government and non-government services and resources at the national, state and local levels.

Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control

The Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) is dedicated to the psychological health and well-being of Navy and Marine Corps service members and their families. The center’s primary focus is to promote resilience and investigate and implement best practices in the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. NCCOSC focuses on four areas of responsibility: research facilitation, programs, communications and knowledge management.

Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

The Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (OPNAV 170A) program supports sailor health and readiness by providing resources to combat substance misuse. NADAP’s Keep What You’ve Earned campaign encourages responsible drinking among sailors and provides resources for sailors, leadership and program managers to promote responsible drinking. The Prescription for Discharge campaign educates sailors on the consequences of prescription drug misuse and provides resources to support healthy behaviors.

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center empowers people to live healthier lives by providing innovative and evidence-based health promotion and wellness programs and services that facilitate readiness and resilience, prevent illness and injury, hasten recovery and promote lifelong healthy behaviors and lifestyles.

Navy Operational Stress Control Program

The Navy Operational Stress Control Program (OPNAV N171) program strengthens resiliency and connections between sailors, their families and command leaders. Through online and material resources, OPNAV N171 encourages peer support, individual responsibility, open communication and intervention in the sailor community. OPNAV N171 provides wellness and stress management support through resources and tools such as fact sheets, brochures, posters, PSA videos and a blog for sailors and their families.

Office of Warrior Care Policy

Defense Department’s Office of Warrior Care Policy provides wounded service members, their families and caregivers with programs and resources that support reintegration and transition from military to civilian life. Through programs such as Operation Warfighter and resources such as Military Caregiver PEER Forums, WCP provides recovering service members, their families and caregivers with social support and resiliency-building tools. Learn more about the available resources and tools available for recovering service members and their families here.

Operation Live Well

Operation Live Well connects service members and their families with online tips and resources to live a healthy lifestyle. To improve health and wellness in the military community, Operation Live Well focuses on six main areas: integrative wellness, psychological wellness, nutrition, physical activity, sleep and tobacco-free living. Operation Live Well provides accessible support resources, including online articles, meal planners and links to related programs and materials.

Psychological Health Center of Excellence

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health services delivery system. 

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is a federally-supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The center provides training and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. The center also fosters collaboration among organizations with a vested interest in the field of suicide prevention.

U.S. Army Ready and Resilient

The U.S. Army’s Ready and Resilient (R2) campaign is an initiative to integrate and synchronize readiness and resilience efforts across the Army for service members, veterans and Army civilians. R2 provides resources, education and training for individual service members, program managers and leadership to use to support psychological health and wellness throughout all stages of deployment and military life. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' mission is to serve America's veterans and their families with dignity and compassion and to be their principal advocate in ensuring that they receive medical care, benefits, social support and lasting memorials promoting the health, welfare and dignity of all veterans in recognition of their service. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - National Center for PTSD

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD is the center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. The Center has seven divisions across the country that conduct cutting edge research and apply resultant findings to advance the science and understanding of traumatic stress.

 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs OEF/OIF Outreach Teams

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) OEF/OIF Outreach Teams focus on improving outreach to members of the National Guard and Reserve by engaging them at least seven times during their deployment cycle with targeted messages and face-to-face encounters with VA staff. This aggressive plan is geared toward the young generation of combat veterans, and employs social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs to inform veterans of their benefits and quickly enroll them in the VA.

United States Special Operations Command Preservation of the Force and Family

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USOCOMM) Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) provides information, support and resources for Special Operations Forces (SOF) warriors, their families and caregivers. POTFF programs are designed help warriors handle stress, maintain physical conditioning and strengthen relationships.  

Veterans Upward Bound

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a free U.S. Department of Education program designed to help eligible U.S. military veterans refresh their academic skills so that they can successfully complete the postsecondary school of their choosing.

 

Warrior Transition Command

Warrior Transition Command (WTC) develops and coordinates the Army’s Warrior Care and Transition Program for wounded warriors, veterans, military families and caregivers. WTC ensures that non-clinical programs that support wounded warriors are integrated and optimized throughout the Army and supports the Army’s commitment to the rehabilitation and successful transition of wounded warriors back to active duty or veteran status.

Wingman Toolkit

The goal of the Wingman Toolkit is to eliminate warrior and family member suicide through human outreach, media and training. By utilizing the tools that the Wingman Toolkit offers both online and through outreach, every warrior, family or friend can learn to recognize the warning sign of someone at risk of suicide and be ready to intervene to save a life using the A.C.E. (Ask Care Escort) framework. The Wingman Toolkit offers individual online and unit trainings, as well as state-specific Web sites to find help, tools and local resources in 54 Air National Guard states and territories.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a Defense Department effort to promote the well-being of members of the National Guard and reserve, their families and communities by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle.

You Matter

You Matter is a national campaign committed to showing young adults that suicide is preventable through promotion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Lifeline is a free, confidential hotline that provides 24/7 access to trained counselors through a national network of more than 150 local crisis centers. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a counselor.

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