Virginia National Guard Resilience, Risk Reduction, Suicide Prevention Program
The Virginia National Guard R3SP Program provides resources and education to all Soldiers, Airmen, Family members and civilian employees to combat high risk behaviors. The end state is a healthy organization that is resilient, knowledgeable regarding high risk behaviors, educated on stress reduction measures and aware of available Soldier-Family-employee support network resources.
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Virginia National Guard Family Programs 24 Hour Emergency Hotline:
Virginia National Guard Religious Support and Confidential Counsel
The Virginia Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Full-Time Support Chaplain is available to provide 24/7 direct religious support and/ or confidential counsel at 434-480-2083.
Guaranteed confidential counsel with a military chaplain is protected and enforced by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
National Guard Psychological Health Program provides behavioral health services and resources to Soldiers including assessment, clarification of benefits, case management and referral, command consultations, advocacy and education. (434) 294-4121
Give an Hour provides licensed mental health professionals provide free counseling services, for as long as help is needed, to members of the military, veterans and their loved ones.
Virginia Army National Guard Suicide Prevention Program provides education, intervention and post-event care. (434) 298-6149
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention promotes understanding and prevention of suicide through research, education and advocacy. (888) 333-AFSP (2377)
Recovery.org provides resources to people searching for an inpatient suicide and addiction recovery programs geared towards developing coping skills to improve lives without drugs or alcohol. (888) 249-7292
Virginia National Guard Family Assistance Program
Family Assistance Center Specialists were originally established to provide assistance and support to service members and their families at times of contingency call up, mobilization and large scale deployment. However, over the past years the FACs have branched out to assist any and all service members and their families during times of need regardless of deployment status or branch affiliation. Each FAC Specialist is a professionally trained staff member who is dedicated to providing assistance to service members, their families and veterans.
Virginia Family Assistance Centers are considered one-stop assistance for those who need services and support. Through partnerships with agencies such as Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, the Red Cross and other local and national organizations and working closely with military personnel such as chaplains, commanders , JAG Officers and other family programs staff members, the Family Assistance Center Specialists are able to provide the very best assistance possible. Some of the areas in which a FAC staff can provide assistance includes but is not limited to TRICARE, DEERS, ID Cards, financial and legal assistance, community outreach/referral and crisis Intervention and referral.
FAC Specialists are located throughout the state. Each FACS is available to service members and family members experiencing a crisis or emergency no matter when it may occur. For more information, contact Teresa A. Merritt, the Family Assistance Coordinator in the office at (804) 236-7859
or by mobile at (757) 416-2095.
Grief and Loss
TAPS is a 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death. (800) 959-8277
Survivor Outreach Services is the official Army program designed to provide long-term support to surviving Families of Fallen Soldiers. (855) 707-2769
Military and Veteran Resources
Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Virginia Veteran and Family Support (formerly the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program) monitors and coordinates behavioral health, rehabilitative, and supportive services through an integrated, and responsive system of care. VVFS provides peer and family support and care coordination services to Virginia veterans, members of the Virginia National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves (not in federal service), and their families with a special emphasis on those affected by stress related conditions or traumatic brain injuries resulting from military service.
Real Warriors promotes building resilience, facilitates recovery and supports reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families. (866) 966-1020
inTransition provides coaching and support to Soldiers receiving mental health care while going through a change in duty status, relocation or returning to civilian life. (800) 424-7877
eBenefits is an online portal sponsored by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for Veterans, service members and families to research, find, access and manage such things as the Montgomery G.I. Bill, disabilities, records requests, medical benefits and dependent status.
Make the Connection connects Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources and solutions to issues affecting their lives.
National Resource Directory connects service members and families to national, state and local programs and services. (800) 342-9647
Virginia 2-1-1 provides assistance for finding food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. (800) 230-6977 or 2-1-1
CrisisLink brings immediate help, hope and healing to empower individuals facing serious life challenges, suicidal thoughts, emotional or situational problems.
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve facilitates positive relationships between National Guard members and their employers, increases awareness of applicable laws and policies and resolves service member / employer conflicts.
Job Connection Education Program helps Guard members and their spouses find employment and careers.
iVET increases employment for those with military service and helps them achieve work-life balance as they transition to the workforce.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. (800) 622-HELP (4357)
Virginia Army National Guard Substance Abuse Program provides referral services to Soldiers and Families needing support with substance use and abuse concerns. (434) 298-5363 or (434) 298-5909
Addiction Center is an online educational portal for veterans and non-veterans struggling with drug and/or alcohol addicitons. The Addiction Center provides useful information on treatment options, support groups and questions about rehabilitation programs.
Virginia National Guard Foundation, Inc. provides no interest loans to members of the Virginia National Guard, their families and full-time employees experiencing financial difficulties. (804) 714-4100
Personal Financial Counseling is a FREE MILITARY BENEFIT to help military personnel and their families manage finances, resolve financial problems and reach long-term goals such as getting an education, buying a home or planning for retirement. Support and counseling services offered:
• Confidential financial consultations for individuals and families
• Referrals to military and community resources
• Support for family members during deployment
• Help with credit management and budgeting
• Help navigating benefits – including the new Blended Retirement System
Lynchburg Armory – Steve Cook @ 540-360-5752
MilitaryOneSource provides access to policies, procedures, timely articles, cutting-edge social media tools and support related to Families, deployment finances, substance abuse, financial planning resources.
Virginia Family Assistance Centers are considered one-stop assistance for those who need services and support. Through partnerships with agencies such as Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, the Red Cross and other local and national organizations and working closely with military personnel such as chaplains, commanders, JAG Officers and Volunteers, the Family Assistance Center Specialists are able to provide the very best assistance possible. Some of the areas in which a FAC staff can provide assistance includes but is not limited to; TRICARE, DEERS, ID Cards, financial and legal assistance, Community Outreach/referral and Crisis Intervention and referral.
DoD Safe Helpline provides 24/7 live, one-on-one support and information that is confidential, anonymous, secure and available worldwide. (877) 995-5247
DoD Safe HelpRoom provides peer-to-peer support for sexual assault survivors in the military to connect with one another in a moderated and secure online environment.
Army SHARP Program provides prevention and survivor resources for the Army’s Sexual Harrassment and Assault Reporting Program.