Operation Recovery

The Fort Hood Testimony Report


Free and Confidential Rights Counseling and Referrals

GI Rights Hotline: Military Discharges and Military Counseling

A private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that answers thousands of calls from military personnel and their families. Provides accurate, helpful counseling and information on military discharges, AWOL and UA, and GI Rights.

The Military Law Task Force

MLTF includes attorneys, legal workers, law students and “barracks lawyers” interested in draft, military and veterans issues. It is a standing project of the National Lawyers Guild.

Swords to Plowshares

Organization whose attorneys provide brief advice and representation to qualifying veterans and their family members. Veterans must be San Francisco residents or have served on active duty since September 11, 2001.

Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
202-628-8164 or 1-888-838-7727

Cooperative program of four national veterans service organizations (American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, National Veterans Legal Services Program, and Paralyzed Veterans of America) providing free attorneys to veterans and their qualifying family members who have an appeal pending at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Free and confidential therapy

The Soldiers Project

A group of licensed mental health professionals who offer free, confidential, psychological treatment to military service members (active, National Guard, reserves, and veterans) who have served or are expecting to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Give an Hour

A non-profit organization offering free mental health counseling to U.S. military personnel and families affected by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Search site for providers in your area)

Note: Be aware that while these providers may be highly trained and motivated to help, they do not necessarily have training in working with veterans or working with trauma. As with any provider, you may want to interview them over the telephone to get a sense of how comfortable you feel with the provider before scheduling an appointment.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. For veteran-specific services, Press 1 or go to their veteran’s page.

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 (press 1)

This connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. You can call, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

Support for Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

RAINN: Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

24/7 services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. You can contact via phone or the internet hotline.

Service Women’s Action Network

Creative Opportunities

Warrior Writers

Combat Paper Project


1 reply

  1. As a former spouse (37 year marriage), spouse served 28 years, I am very saddened to say that my marriage is a casualty of PTSD. There are no resources for former spouses and I feel I sacrificed a lifetime and career, as well as retirement potential to support this soldier and was discarded when sensation seeking behaviors were more important than our marriage. The military does not provide support for former spouses. I was many times an FRG leader, I volunteered, held down the home front during deployments, managed over seven household moves, and made many sacrifices for his advancement. The treatment I have received as a “divorced” spouse is shameful. I’m not asking for recognition, there is no emotional support for the spouses and yet we bear the brunt of rage, despair, and violence that returns from war. To add insult to injury we lose our family, home, security, income, and community. I made several attempts to get him help to no avail. The backlash for divorcing this soldier is unbelievable. These are men with problems, they do not walk on water, and it is not the fault of the spouse.


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