Family Development - A Caregiver's Guide

Family Resources - Toll Free Help Lines by Topic

Support Services for Military Families

Military One Source
Offers free, confidential telephone, online and in-person counseling options to active-duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families. Services are designed to help with short-term, non-medical issues such as adjustment to situational stressors, stress management, decision making, communication, grief, blended-family issues, and parenting. Consultants are available 24 hours a day. Additional information also available online at

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Provides free readjustment counseling services to service members, veterans, and their families. Services include individual counseling; group counseling; marital and family counseling; medical referrals; help with applying for VA benefits; employment counseling; and alcohol and drug assessments, information, and referral to community resources. Counseling is provided at 300 community-based Vet Centers in the U.S. and surrounding territories by counselors who, as veterans themselves, have “been there and done that” and understand what the veteran is going through. Vet Center staff is available toll free during normal business hours. Additional information also available online at
877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)

Veterans Crisis Line
Connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call a counselor at 1-800-273-8255 (then press 1); chat online at, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additional information also available online at
1-800-273-8255 and Press 1