Crisis Line for Service Members, Veterans, Family, Friends

My reporting and this blog have brought many military families and their friends – both active duty and veteran – into my life. I was contacted recently by one of those individuals in need of support – more support than what a friend can provide.

It made me realize – I need to mention more frequently – there is help for family and for friends of military members.

If you know and love a veteran, a veteran’s family member or friend – please note this number. Post it on your refrigerator door, in your mobile phone contact list or personal address book. You may not need it, but someday someone else might.

Another 24/7 resources is offered through The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). You can get information and find resources about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and psychological health.

The DCoE services are open to everyone – according to the website:

  • Service Members
  • Family and Friends
  • Military Leaders
  • Clinicians
  • Educators
  • Veterans
  • Support Personnel
  • Clergy
  • Researchers
  • Deployed Government Civilians

Information is provided for free by phone, email or online: 866-966-1020, e-mail at, or you can also go toDCoE Outreach Center Live Chat.

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