By Debbie Gregory.
A new national help hotline, Vets4Warriors, was recently created. Vets4Warriors, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, offers a 24/7 helpline, a veteran benefit in partnership with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Center (RUBHC).
The all-veteran call center, with specially chosen Peer Advisors, answer calls in seconds, listen and support you, every hour of every day, 24/7. Not only are the services confidential, anonymous, and stigma-free, they are also thorough. There is follow-up to ensure that all callers have their needs met.
There is no reporting or information shared with service branches or units, and there is no length limit of peer support involved in this veteran benefit.
The Peer Advisors are trained in the Best Practice Model “Reciprocal Peer Support” developed at RUBHC 18 years ago. Their initial 80 hours of training is supplemented by on-going continuing education, as well as receiving support by licensed mental health clinicians.
Support by veterans is available for active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, veterans, retirees, and their families/caregivers at 855 838-8255.
For those serving outside the United States, help is still available by either calling the Global DSN Operator at: DSN 312-560-1110 or Commercial (719) 567-1110. There is also a live chat feature available on the website and provide a phone number. A peer will call you back.
If you need help now, these veteran resources are available by calling the Vets4Warriors National Help Hotline at (855) 838-8255 or visiting the Vets4Warriors website.