Videos and stories from Afghanistan may have opened old wounds for our veterans, active-duty soldiers and their loved ones. Please remember you are not alone. 

Every American who wears a military uniform commits to making the ultimate sacrifice for our country and your efforts to protect us and our freedoms will never be forgotten. We owe you a debt we can never repay. 

Veterans Crisis Line - If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255, then PRESS 1, text 838-255, or visit

For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to your local VA medical center 24/7 regardless of your discharge status or enrollment in other VA health care. Nearby ones include:

  • The Villages VA Clinic, 8900 Southeast 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages, 32162-5884. Mental Health Number: 352-674-5166 x1317
  • Tavares VA Clinic, 1390 East Burleigh Boulevard, Tavares, 32778-4305. Mental Health Number:352-235-2900
  • Ocala VA Clinic, 1515 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite 226, Ocala, 34470-6856. Mental Health Number:352-547-1583

Vet Centers - Discuss how you feel with other Veterans in these community-based counseling centers. 70% of Vet Center staff are Veterans. Call 1-877-927-8387 or find one near you.

VA Mental Health Services Guide - This guide will help you sign up and access mental health services. - information, resources, and Veteran to Veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues.

RallyPoint - Talk to other Veterans online. Discuss: What are your feelings as the Taliban reclaim Afghanistan after 20 years of US involvement?

Download VA's self-help apps - Tools to help deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) - Request a Peer Mentor.

VA Women Veterans Call Center - Call or text 1-855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 6:30PM ET)

VA Caregiver Support Line - Call 1-855-260-3274 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 5PM ET)

Together We Served - Find your battle buddies through unit pages.

George W. Bush Institute - Need help or want to talk? Check In or call: 1-630-522-4904 or email:

Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes - Join the Community.

American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network - Peer Support and Mentoring.

Team Red, White & Blue - Hundreds of events weekly. Find a chapter in your area.

Student Veterans of America - Find a campus chapter to connect with.

Team Rubicon - Find a local support squad

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