To Our Airmen and Guardians: "We recognize and thank you for your bravery."

 

"Each of you should be incredibly proud of your contributions to defending our Nation from those who would seek to do us harm. To those working to evacuate Americans, Afghans, and allies, we recognize and thank you for your bravery."  Read the entire letter here.

 

Locally or at your installation

  • Talk to Your Leadership (Supervisors, First Sergeants, Superintendents, Commanders, etc.)

  • Chaplains - Providing pastoral care ministry and counseling to those of faith and those of no faith, Air Force chaplains are religious ministry professionals who support the spiritual resilience of our Airmen all over the world. As spiritual leaders, chaplains are relied upon for faith and personal guidance. They are also advocates for our Airmen and consult with leadership on moral, ethical and quality-of-life issues.

  • Mental Health Office -  Working with psychiatrists and psychologists, Mental Health Service specialists are responsible for ensuring that every Airman is mentally fit. These experts help evaluate and provide mental healthcare to patients around the world to help them overcome mental obstacles and issues so they can get back to their job, their lives and their mission,

  • Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) - Hub for installation/community information, referral, and resources. Provides programs and services in 15 core areas to nearly 1.7 million Airmen and families. To find your nearest A&FRC follow this link https://installations.militaryonesource.mil/, and type your installation into the search bar.

  • Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLC) - Supports service members, their families and survivors with non-medical counseling worldwide. Trained to work with the military community, military and family life counselors deliver valuable face-to-face counseling services, briefings and presentations to the military community both on and off the installation. Contact your local Airman & Family Readiness Center for more information on MFLCs in your local area.

  • Employee Assistance Program - Provides information, support and advice to Department of the Air Force employees, APF and NAF, and their families for work-life challenges, legal and financial services, child and senior care management, as well as short-term, solution-focused, non-clinical counseling.  Services are 24/7 and at no cost to the civilian or family member.  More information can be found here: - http://www.afpc.af.mil/eap.

  • Military Health System Web Pages - Visit http://www.health.mil/mentalhealth  to learn about MHS programs and resources and for tips for improving your mental wellness. Visit http://www.tricare.mil/mentalhealth  to see what TRICARE covers and how to make an appointmen

  •  Military Medical Treatment Facilities - Mental health often provide mental health services, including integrated behavioral health clinics. Contact your primary care manager to see if this resource is available at your local military hospital or clinic. If it is, then you can schedule an appointment same day. To find your military hospital or clinic:  Visit https://www.tricare.mil/Military-Hospitals-and-Clinics  to search by state/overseas OR visit http://www.tricare.mil/MTF  to search by zip code or installation name.

Additional National and Military Resources:

    • Military Medical Treatment Facilities - Mental health often provide mental health services, including integrated behavioral health clinics. Contact your primary care manager to see if this resource is available at your local military hospital or clinic. If it is, then you can schedule an appointment same day. To find your military hospital or clinic:  Visit https://www.tricare.mil/Military-Hospitals-and-Clinics  to search by state/overseas OR visit http://www.tricare.mil/MTF to search by zip code or installation name.
    • Military OneSource - Military OneSource can provide access to confidential Military Family Life Counselors in your community. Military OneSource also provides resources so you can manage stress and access benefits and tools that will help you stay strong in body and mind. This page provides access to self-care mobile applications developed within the Department of Defense, VA and other partners. All mobile applications are free and for iOS and/or Android devices.  Call 800-342-9647 or visit www.militaryonesource.mil   
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Disaster Distress Helpline - SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Text or Call:  1-800-985-5990 to be connected to a trained counselor. Callers to the hotline can connect with counselors in over 100 languages via 3rd party interpretation.
    • American Red Cross – Restoring Family Links Program - If you are unable to locate a loved one impacted by the current events in Afghanistan, the Red Cross may be able to help locate them. Volunteers and donations are needed. As travelers arrive from Afghanistan, the Red Cross is providing comfort kits containing food, water, blankets, hygiene items, feminine hygiene products and baby care items. Monetary donations can be online at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-HELPNOW (1-800-435-7669). Visit them online at www.familylinks.icrc.org/en/Pages/home.aspx
    • Give An Hour - Through a national network of licensed mental health providers, Give an Hour offers free and confidential mental health support to Active duty, National Guard and Reserve, Veterans, and their loved ones. Give an Hour’s services complement Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs healthcare delivery by serving veterans and military families seeking care outside the current system, those no longer eligible for healthcare provided by the DOD or VA, and non-eligible siblings, parents, partners, and other loved ones. In addition, support is available for those affected by natural disasters and man-made trauma.  www.Giveanhour.org
    • Crisis Call Center - 24-hour crisis line often serves as the first point of contact for individuals who are seeking help, support, and information. Crisis can affect anyone at any time. The need for emotional support or referral assistance is something most individuals encounter at some point in their lives. Staff and volunteers are available 24/7/365 to help individuals discover the skills and resources that they uniquely possess that allow them to develop solutions to maximize self-sufficiency. (Has Spanish support.)  Call: 775-784-8090 -   Text CARE to 839863 - or visit: https://cssnv.org
    • National Alliance on Mental Health - The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance. Call: 1-800-950-6264 or visit: https://nami.org
    • Crisis Text Online - Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.  Text HOME to 741741
    • IMALIVE Online Chat - IMAlive is a live, online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis. People need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain. Visit https://www.imalive.org
    • Panic Attack Information Hotline - The compassionate staff at the panic disorder hotline can provide information about what happens during an attack and provide tips to help get through the attack. This number is available to those in crisis, as well as those who are just seeking more information about the disorder. Call: 800-64-PANIC (72642) Visit: https://www.mentalhelp.net/anxiety/panic-attack-hotline/
    • VA Resources: Veterans from all eras are reacting to the events in Afghanistan, such as the U.S withdrawal and the takeover by the Taliban. The VA addresses the events unfolding in Afghanistan and encourages veterans to talk with friends and families, reach out to battle buddies, connect with a peer-to-peer network, or sign up for mental health services. Visit: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/92747/afghanistan-how-spouses-caregivers-can-support-veterans-with-ptsd/  or  Visit: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/93577/lets-talk-about-afghanistan-resources-veterans-families/
    • Veterans Crisis Line - If you are a veteran or concerned about a loved one, connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. This support is free, confidential, and available 24/7.  All veterans, service members, National Guard, and Reserve, and their family members/friends are eligible for services. Call: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1  OR  Text: 838255 OR Visit: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
    • Vet Centers - Discuss how you feel with other Veterans in these community-based counseling centers. Call: 1-877-927-8387 or Visit: https://www.va.gov/find-locations/
    • VA Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) - Women Veterans will be connected with WVCC representatives who can answer general questions about benefits, eligibility, and services specifically for women Veterans. Call or text: 1-855-829-6636  Hours: M-F 8AM – 10PM & SAT 8AM – 6:30PM ET
    • Make the Connection - MakeTheConnection.net is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives. Information is available for active duty, natural guard, reservists, veterans, family and friends.  Visit: https://www.maketheconnection.net/  
    • Real Warriors Campaign - The Real Warriors Campaign aims to break down the stigma associated with mental health care and encourages service members to reach out for help when they need it. Find articles with support resources, video profiles with service member and veteran stories, and materials to download or order.
    • American Legion Posts are another possible donation center near military installations receiving travelers. 
    • Mental Health America https://mhanational.org  1-800-273-8255

Survivor Resources

 

  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) - TAPS is a national organization that provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.  Call: 1-800-959-8277  Visit www.taps.org
  • Grief Recovery Institute - Are you, or is someone you love, suffering from a broken heart? Is it due to a death, divorce or another major loss? If so, you might feel sad, distracted or confused. You are not alone. The Grief Recovery Method has been helping people feel better following a loss for over 35 years. Call: 1-800-334-7606 or visit:  https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/
  • The Dougy Center - National Grief Center for Children & Families -  Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and families who are grieving can share their experiences before and after a death. Call: 503-775-5683 or visit www.dougy.org
  • GriefShare - GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. There are thousands of support groups meeting weekly, online and in-person around the world. Call: 800-395-5755. Visit: https://www.griefshare.org
  • Compassionate FriendsCompassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Call: 877-969-0010 or visit www.compassionatefriends.org