Being a military-related caregiver runs the gamut from living with someone who has manifestations of mental injury, such as Post Traumatic Stress or Moral Injury, to those who give 24-hour care to someone with debilitating physical injury. We know caregivers of our warriors often feel isolated and don't know where to turn for encouragement, ideas, and practical tools relating to their unique situation. So, we have compiled several links as a helpful step toward finding what you need.
These sites contain a wealth of useful information. Please take time to review some of the resources available to aid in your care for yourself and your veteran. Click on the title to reach the web resource page for the listed organization.
Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. 800-273-8255, Press 1. Or visit the Website to access more information.
Idaho Division of Veterans Services
If you or someone you care about is experiencing difficulty, the Idaho Division of Veterans Services recommends seeking out the many services offered by Vet Centers across the US and in surrounding territories (US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa). Vet Centers are VA community-based counseling centers providing a wide range of social and psychological services to Veterans, active duty service members (including National Guard and Reserve components), and their families. Readjustment counseling is available for making a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling is available, in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief, and transition after trauma.
If you're caring for an injured, ill, or wounded active service member or veteran, this community is here for you.
National Center for PTSD: Families and Friends
Provides information on how you can help a loved one with PTSD, including information on very effective treatments for PTSD.
The Hero Care Resource Directory
An online database providing support for active service members, veterans, caregivers, and their families. Includes local and national resources.
Veterans and Mesothelioma
Pleural mesothelioma affects veterans at a disproportionate rate compared to the general public. Provides information and resources for veterans with service-connected mesothelioma.