If you provide care to a veteran, you should know that there are local, regional, and national support networks available to assist you in your time of need. One of these resources is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiving Support Network.
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How to Contact the Caregiving Support Network at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA caregiver support website is designed to provide you with ways to find and access designated, trained professionals to help answer your questions. There is a lot of information available online, but you may just want to talk with someone directly at a nearby VA medical center. It may come as a surprise to you that there is a trained professional just a phone call away, but there is a live person available to speak with you. Follow the directions below provided by the VA on how to get in touch with live support today.
Find Your Caregiver Support Coordinator Near You
Are you looking for a dedicated support coordinator to help you care for a veteran? Your first step is to visit the VA caregiver support website by clicking here. Once on the website, enter your zip code. After you hit submit, you’ll receive a list of all nearby caregiver support coordinators within a 100-mile radius. Most likely, they will be located at a VA medical center. You’ll have a name, phone number, and extension to contact them directly. The next step is for you to reach out directly.
Call the VA Caregiver Support Line for Immediate Help
An alternative option (or in combination with the coordinator) is to contact the VA caregiver support line if you have an immediate question. To do this, dial 1-855-260-3274 and you can find trained experts to:
- Tell you about all the assistance programs available from VA.
- Help you access services and benefits.
- Connect you with your local family Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA medical center near you.
- Just listen, if that’s what you need right now.
In a Crisis? Contact the VA Crisis Line
If you have an emergency you should always call 911. In the event you have an urgent question that you need a trained professional to discuss PTSD, suicide concerns, or other crisis events, you should call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or chat online to receive confidential support 24/7.
In addition to support networks, there are many other caregiving benefits for veterans available today. To find a list, check out our blog Caregiving Benefits for Veterans: The Top Benefits and Resources Available. Remember that you are not alone in this – there are 5.5 million veteran caregivers in U.S. providing care to veterans. Just like you, they also need support. Reach out to the VA support network today. Give them a call and find out what they can do for you.