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What resources are available to Veterans during the public health emergency?
Veterans and their families can check on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs public-facing website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus
Guidance from local VA medical facilities about their current operating status is available on each facility's website, which can be found through VA's facility locator tool: https://www.va.gov/find-locations.
The impact COVID-19 has on daily routines may cause unanticipated stress on some veterans in crisis. In this time of social distancing, it is important to keep reaching out to those in need of someone to talk to.
For veterans in crisis, help is available by:
- Calling the Veteran Crisis Line at 1 (800) 273-8255 and press 1
- Visiting VeteransCrisisLine.Net/Chat
- Texting 838255
In New Jersey, NJ Vet to Vet is a peer-counseling program for assessing a Veteran's mental health needs, operated by Rutgers University and funded by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The toll-free help line is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for Veterans and their families. Call 1-866-VETS-NJ4 (1-866-838-7654) or visit https://njvet2vet.com.