Options for Older Veterans | VA Mental Health
Take the Next Step
The life changes that often come with aging — such as retirement, caregiving responsibilities, and physical limitations — can be challenging. For Veterans experiencing stress in later life, connecting with mental health services can support positive coping. Listen to Veterans talk about how they found ways to live well as they aged. Then take the next step to find your path to a healthy and fulfilling life.
New to VA? Apply for health care benefits.
- Getting started is simple. Create a free account online to help ease your enrollment process. To prepare to apply for VA health care in person, by telephone, or by mail, explore the VA webpage on applying for VA health care.
- Not sure whether you are eligible for VA health care benefits? Read about eligibility for VA health care.
- Unsure of what kind of help you need? Call 1-877-222-VETS (1-877-222-8387) to find the right resources to meet your needs, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time. If you have hearing loss, call TTY: 1-800-877-8339.
- Veterans’ families and caregivers can see whether they qualify for VA medical benefits as a spouse, surviving spouse, dependent child, or caregiver. Explore family and caregiver health benefits.
Already enrolled in VA care and interested in mental health support? Schedule a mental health appointment.
- If you’re already enrolled in and using VA health care, the fastest way to schedule VA appointments is to call the VA facility where you want to receive care.
- With the VA appointments tool, you can schedule some VA health care appointments online, view details about upcoming appointments, and organize your health care calendar.
- If you’re not using VA medical services, contact your nearest VA medical center or Vet Center to talk about your needs.
What about other options at VA? VA offers a variety of tools and resources.
- The Veteran Training online self-help portal for overcoming everyday challenges includes modules on managing anger, problem-solving skills, and more.
- Mental health apps for Veterans cover a variety of topics, including treating PTSD, managing anger, and quitting smoking.
- VA TeleMental Health connects you with a VA mental health provider through a computer or mobile device in your home or at your nearest VA health facility. You can learn more about this option from your local VA medical center.
- Vet Center are small, non-medical counseling centers conveniently located in your community. If you are a Veteran or service member including members of the National Guard and Reserve, you may be eligible to receive individual and group counseling at no cost to you and your family. You can access these services even if you’re not enrolled in VA health care or have a service connection. Find a Vet Center near you or call 1-877-927-8387, 24/7 to talk with a fellow Veteran about your experiences.
What about support beyond VA?
There’s a whole community of support ready to help with whatever you’re going through. Use this tool to find resources near you.