virginia_latino_veteranThe Network convenes peers and partners to identify mental health support needs of veterans in Virginia and empower them to design effective programs.

Veterans are sometimes at an increased risk of homelessness due to their financially inconsistent past. Are you a military veteran? If so, you might have considered taking out a 401(k) loan to make ends meet. For more information about 401(k) loans for veterans, go to As with any financial matter, it is essential that you do your research before taking out any type of loan.

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—– Veterans Mental Health Resources in Virginia —-

Veterans Crisis Line

Call: 1-800-273-8255

VA Gets Boost from CARES Act to Provide Emergency Assistance to Veterans Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness During COVID-19 Crisis
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VA Employee Empowers Her Women Veteran Peers
VA’s Center for Women Veterans is advancing a cultural transformation throughout VA and aims to serve as a portal – monitoring and coordinating VA’s benefit services, outreach and programs – for women Veterans.
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Borne the Battle, a weekly podcast from the VA, covers a wide range of topics effecting the Veteran community.
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Armed Services Arts Partner

Are you a veteran, service member, military family member, or caregiver? If so, are you interested in applying for classes, workshops, or participating performances? Visit the website to learn about current offerings.

Beacon Institute

Long-time VOCAL members Michael Newcomb and Sharon Schlerf train Peer Support Specialists and provide other services through their faith-based non-profit. “The Beacon Institute serves military because they are military, sharing pathways to hope and healing and providing “Veteran Peer Support Services” including many trainings.” Office is located in Williamsburg.

Visit the website here.

Reboot Alliance

REBOOT Combat Recovery is a 12-week faith-based trauma healing course designed to help combat veterans and their families recover from the spiritual and moral wounds of war.

Visit the website here.

Boulder Crest Retreat Virginia

Boulder Crest Retreat Virginia opened in September 2013. The 37 idyllic and historic acres were first surveyed by George and John Washington, camped on by Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers, lived on by Native Americans, and now host approximately 700 modern-day Warriors and their family members each year. The Retreat is open to combat veterans (defined as anyone who deployed to a war zone) from any generation and conflict, and is proud to welcome active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans and family members, to include Gold Star families, and first responders.

Check out the website here.

New Freedom Farm

New Freedom Farm describes itself as a safe place for veterans suffering from PTSD/TBI, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and secondary trauma.

Regional Wellness Support Group for Military Veterans, Service Members, and Family Members

For military veterans and service members coping with the impact of military service, military operational stress, and deployment including, but not limited to, PTSD and TBI.

Fredricksburg Family Support Group
Open to any family members, dependents, and caregivers of those who have served in combat.

Warsaw Veterans Cafe Hour at 84 Main
Conversation and information about resources and benefits.
Every Monday from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Veterans Peer Support Group at On Our Own of Roanoke
Every Monday at 1 p.m.

Virginia Department of Veterans Services

The Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is organized into six service delivery sections – benefits, veterans education, transition and employment, care centers, veterans cemeteries, the Virginia War Memorial, and the Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program.

Virginia First Responder Support Services

Virginia First Responder Support Services (VFSS) provides peer support and training for first responders.

Virginia Veterans Employment

Veteran’s Employment Program at River City Counseling

Located in Richmond, “We work with participants to overcome many of the barriers that have made finding meaningful employment difficult. Each participant is assessed to determine their unique needs, and services range from resume assistance to mental health counseling. The program operates a drop in assistance center Monday-Friday, where participants can stop by without appointments to use computers, get assistance with job searches, practice interview skills, and get help from skilled case managers, among other things.” 804-230-0999 or

Visit the website here.

New Tool Connects Vets and Employers

The Veterans Employment Center, an inter-agency collaboration from the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, has announced a new online tool to provide veterans with employment resources. connect veterans and service members with public and private sector employers who are looking to hire people with military experience, including individuals with disabilities.

For more information and employer resources, visit

Work as a Peer Specialist

Are VA you interested in a position as a Veteran Peer Specialist or Peer Support Apprentice? “You can share your knowledge and experience with other Veterans, so that they, too, may learn to lead the lives they deserve.”

Learn About HUD-VASH Housing for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made a large push to connect veterans in need with HUD-VASH vouchers as part of the coordinated national effort to end veteran homelessness. These vouchers combine rental assistance for veterans experiencing homelessness with case management and clinical services provided by the VA. This article explains the program.