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Options for Older Veterans | VA Mental Health

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Older Veterans

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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.

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 Centers provide support, counseling, and readjustment services for Veterans and active duty Service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserve) who have served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility or have experienced military sexual trauma. Find a Vet Center near you or call 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk with a fellow combat Veteran about your experiences, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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.

Help for Homeless Veterans: 877-4AID-VET
 VA Health Care: Apply Now
Caregiver Support: 855-260-3274
eBenefits: My Gateway to Benefit Information
Find out if you’re eligible: Health Benefits Explorer
Veterans Health Benefits Guide
Veterans Health Library
Women Veterans Call Center: 1-855-VA-WOMEN