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.

If you would like to list a resource or join VOCAL Network’s Veteran Advisory Council, contact network@nullvocalvirginia.org.

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Veterans Crisis Line

Call: 1-800-273-8255 http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

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.

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.

Richmond
2nd and 4th Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA)
107 S. 5th Street, Room 203 (corner of 5th and Cary Streets)
For more information: Ed McIntosh at 804.819.4029  or mcintoshe@nullrbha.org

Prince George
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Prince George Christian Church
7605 Prince George Drive
For more information: Kerri Gerke at 804.839.6933 orGerkek@nullrbha.org

Fredricksburg Combat Support Group
Open to all combat veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard, and military contractors deployed in combat areas.
Thursdays, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fredericksburg Baptist Church – please use the Princess Anne Street entrance
1019 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg
To learn more, please contact Veteran Peer Specialist Christopher Mitchell at 540-604-3657 or cmitchell@nullracsb.state.va.us.

King George County Combat Support Group
Open to all combat veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard, and military contractors deployed in combat areas.
1st and 3rd Mondays, from the month from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
hAmerican Legion Post 89
To learn more, please contact Veteran Peer Specialist Jere Palmer at 540-842-2481 or jpalmer@nullracsb.state.va.us.

Fredricksburg Family Support Group
Open to any family members, dependents, and caregivers of those who have served in combat.
2nd Tuesday of the month, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fredericksburg Baptist Church in Room A202
1019 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg

Stafford County Family Support Group
Open to any family members, dependents, and caregivers of those who have served in combat.
4th Tuesday of the month, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Porter Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Meeting Room A
2001 Parkway Blvd., Fredericksburg
For more information, please contact Ashley Hough, Family Support Specialist, at 540-273-4733 or ahough@nullracsb.state.va.us.

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.
804.333.3581

Veterans Peer Support Group at On Our Own of Roanoke
Every Monday at 1 p.m.
540-362-0061

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 info@nullrivercitycss.com

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. ebenefits.va.govwill 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 www.AskEARN.org.

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.”

https://www.vacareers.va.gov/peer-to-peer/

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.