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Veterans and Service Members – Patient and Family Resources

Resources for veterans and service members who are seeking treatment for chronic and/or acute pain.

Pain Management

Pain Management for Veterans

  • Access information on chronic pain, self-management, medical treatments, and complementary treatments

Chronic Pain

  • Learn more about experiencing chronic pain, treatment options, self-help tools, and resources to help you cope.

Pain Management and Mental Health

 

Suicide and Patients with Chronic Pain

  • Access this 4-page handout to better understand suicide risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors among patients being treated for chronic pain, in addition to strategies for working with patients to reduce suicide risk and steps to take if you suspect your patient is suicidal.

The Experience of Chronic Pain and PTSD: A Guide for Health Care Providers

  • Designed for healthcare providers, this guide contains information on evaluating chronic pain, the physical and psychological experience of pain, intersection of PTSD and chronic pain as well as how to treat patients with chronic pain and PTSD.

Locate Treatment Services & Programs for Veterans and Service Members

 

Making Connections

  • Access resources for veterans tailored by service and mental health needs.

VA Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Program

  • Locate specialized SUD programs by state.

Coaching Into Care

  • National VA telephone service aims to educate, support, and empower family members and friends who are seeking services for a Veteran.

Veterans Crisis Line

  • If you are in immediate crisis, call the Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.
  • Text to 838255
  • Chat online at veterancrisisline.net/chat

Unsure Where to Begin?

National Resource Directory (NRD)

  • Provides links to services and resources that support Service members, Veterans, families, and caregivers ranging from health to employment to housing, etc.

For general, non-veteran treatment services, visit the Linkage to Services section of this toolkit.

 

For more information on veterans and service members, tailored toward providers: