Over 140,000 volunteers gave more than 11 million hours in service to America's veterans. It is impossible to calculate the amount of caring and sharing that these VAVS volunteers provide to veteran patients. VAVS volunteers are a priceless asset to the Nation's veterans and to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Thank you your interest in our organization. Veterans Support Network is made up of men and women who share a vision to support our veteran community by raising awareness of their mental health needs, challenge the mental health stigma in the military, and provide you with opportunities to support our troops today. Military life, especially the stress of post deployment or mobilizations can present challenges to service members and their families that are both unique and difficult. Some are manageable, some are not.
By advancing public awareness around the challenges facing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, we hope to make mental health post deployment part of a national dialogue, and thereby changing the stigma individuals are facing when they considering treatment.
Seventy five percent of 18-29 year olds personally know someone who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan. As these brave veterans come home, it is important that we all do our part to understand their perspective and help in their transition back into civilian life, especially since many of these veterans will be starting or returning to college for the first time. Despite the sacrifices they have made, these veterans aren't looking for special treatment – they just want the opportunity to do well as everybody else
Film: Hearing from those in the front lines
Help Veterans in your community, get involved, make a difference!
Changing the stigma about seeking mental health treatment
Advocate social change and action to address our military's mental health needs
Provide current news and information about the state of mental health in the armed forces
Delivery vital mental health resources to veterans and their families