Veteran and Service Member Assistance

Veterans and active duty service members sacrifice much for our nation. Many of them have special needs due to the stresses of their service experience, which may include combat, injury, trauma and isolation from traditional support structures. The Louisiana Department of Health recognizes these needs and hopes to assist those who have given of themselves for our country. Service members, veterans and their families who are looking for information about the health needs they experience as a result of their or their family member's service should review the information below. Additionally, we hope that health care providers across the state will join us in assisting this community of patriots and their families by using the information presented below in the course of their practice.

Resources for Veterans, Service Members and Their Families

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  • Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
    The LDVA provides Louisiana-based resources and services for veterans and their families. 
    http://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/
  • Military OneSource
    Military OneSource provides confidential nonmedical counseling to service members and their families as well as comprehensive information about all aspects of military life. http://www.militaryonesource.mil
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    The SAMHSA administers the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center, which provides assistance in finding behavioral health resources and service. 
    http://www.samhsa.gov/smvf-ta-center
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
    The VA provides nationwide services and resources for veterans and their families.
    http://www.va.gov/

    Specific services offered by the VA Include:

Resources for Service Providers Giving Care to Veterans, Service Members and Their Families

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  • Center for Deployment Psychology
    The CDP provides training on military culture and offers continuing education units to participants. 
    http://www.deploymentpsych.org/online-courses/military-culture
  • Community Provider Tool kit
    The Department of Veterans Affairs created the CPTK to deliver information on a variety of topics to providers. Information in the Kit ranges from screening and assessment to treatment tools. Continuing education credits are offered through the program.  
    http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/communityproviders/index.asp
  • Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
    The LDVA provides Louisiana-based resources and services for veterans and their families.
    http://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    The SAMHSA administers the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center, which provides assistance in finding behavioral health resources and service. They also provide webinars and trainings to providers. By becoming a partner with the program, you can be identified as a provider of behavioral health to this community.  
    http://www.samhsa.gov/smvf-ta-center
  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center
    Suicide is a disproportionate danger to service members and veterans. The SPRC provides training to providers who wish to help combat this trend. 
    http://www.sprc.org/populations/military-veterans