New Ways to Connect to the Veterans Crisis Line
February 15, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs wants servicemembers and their families to know that help is just a call, chat, or text away.
The VA maintains the Veterans Crisis Line, a toll-free, confidential resource that connects Veterans and their families and friends with qualified VA responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Veterans and their loved ones can call the Crisis Line even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Responders on the other end are trained and experienced in helping Veterans with a wide range of questions and requests including information on transitioning back to civilian life.
“I applaud the VA for their work on the Crisis Line, which helps the men and women of our armed forces connect with a community of professionals dedicated to assisting Veterans and their loved ones” said Congressman Adam Smith. “The difficultly of living with the wounds that others cannot always see is a weight that that does not have to be carried alone, there are people waiting to help.”
Since it first opened in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 500,000 calls and made more than 18,000 life-saving rescues. In 2009, VA added the anonymous online chat that has since helped more than 28,000 people. Today, with the addition of the texting services, it’s easier than ever to be connected with responders.
For immediate assistance, Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net, or send a text message to 838255 to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.