Subject Guides » Veterans
- Central Hampshire Veteran Services
The primary mission of the Veterans' Services Department is to assist veterans with receiving the benefits due to them, and to provide food and housing, medical, and employment assistance as necessary. The City's Veterans' Agent serves all veterans in Northampton, Williamsburg, Amherst, Pelham, Chesterfield, Cummington, and in the VA Medical Center in Leeds.
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday through Friday, 8:30 - 4:00 Tuesday, 8:30 - 1:00
Phone: 413.587.1299; Toll Free: 1-877-821-0128
- Veterans Education Project, Military Families Connect
This peer-led support group is for members of military families with loved ones deployed to war zones or home from the war. The group meets in Amherst twice-per-month. Contact Susan Leary at the VEP office, email@example.com or 413-253-4947.
- VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System
TOLL FREE NUMBER: 800-893-1522
Call the VA Central Western Massachusetts Call Center to speak to a representative for appointments and to contact your provider or to ask health care questions. The Call Center serves patients enrolled for VA health care at the medical center campus in Northampton and with our outpatient clinics in Fitchburg, Springfield, Greenfield, Pittsfield, and Worcester.
The mental health service at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System provides consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a variety of issues that can impact emotional well-being. Treatment is offered in both the inpatient and outpatient settings
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - The Veterans Benefits Administration
As one of three administrations within VA, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), in partnership with the Veterans Health Administration and the National Cemetery Administration, provides benefits and services to Service members, Veterans, and their families in recognition of their service to the Nation.
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs - National Center for PSTD
The site provides instant access to a range of educational information on trauma and PTSD in a variety of formats for a variety of audiences. Mobile apps, videos, information regarding research, and web links are available to anyone looking for more information on topics relating to coping with PTSD. No direct clinical care is provided but the goal is to improve the well-being and understanding of individuals who have experienced traumatic events, with a focus on American Veterans.
- Hire Heroes USA
This organization is dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military veterans and their spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement. Hire Heroes staff is comprised of military veterans – many with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan– and business veterans. That mix of military and civilian experience has proven essential to effectively training veterans in the skills of self-marketing and then networking them into good jobs with great companies.
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
In about 100 offices throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, the DAV employs a corps of National Service Officers (NSOs) and Transition Service Officers (TSOs) who represent veterans and their families with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense and other government agencies. Veterans need not be DAV members to take advantage of this outstanding assistance, which is provided free of charge.
Vets 4 Vets is a peer support group for recent veterans. In weekend workshops and local groups, veterans talk and listen to each other to help heal from negative wartime and military experiences. Follow a blog, watch videos of testimonials, and link to further resources on this site.
- 24/7 Help for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Issues: Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE)
Call: 866-966-1020 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Live chat.
Offers trained professional health resource consultants with expertise in psychological health and traumatic brain injury 24/7.
- Focus Project
Focus Project is a program that consists of training on basic communication skills and emotion regulation for families of veterans. It teaches parents on how to speak to children regarding a family member’s deployment. The training provides tools, resources, and information on how to cope and communicate using common emotional language. The website contains useful resources for family members and children of deployed family members.
Focus: Family resiliency training for military families.
- The Purple Star Veteran Family
The Purple Star Veteran Family website is a resource for families of veterans that are struggling with the return of a family member from deployment. The organization focuses on suicide prevention, coping with PTSD, surviving an injury, and potential drug and alcohol dependency of veterans upon their return from deployment. The website supports and honors the families of veterans upon homecomings. It also supports the families that must emotional handle a family member that did not survive homecoming. The website provides many resources such as book suggestion, websites, hotlines, and other support organization.
- Staying Strong
Staying Strong is a parent’s guidance website for military connected families. Staying Strong collaborated with the Home Base Program and the Massachusetts General Hospital in order to build better parenting skills and communication with children with deployed family members. The website equips you with the extra parenting skills needed especially in times of challenges and change. The website contains a series of videos and exercise that focuses on specific age groups.
- Home Base Program
Home Base Program is a resource in conjunction with the Red Sox Foundation and the Massachusetts General Hospital to support veterans and their families. The organization offers two support groups. One is a free monthly support group for veterans and their families in order to help military families manage stress and other challenges. The second support group is for parents of veterans who have return from deployment. The group helps with strained family relationships, combat stress, and supporting veterans reentering civilian life.
When: 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
Where: Home Base Clinic, 101 Merrimac Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114
How: To register, contact Dr. Bonnie Ohye at email@example.com or 617-724-5202.