Wellness Resources for Student Veterans
Cal State LA can connect you with campus and community resources to promote your mental and physical wellness. The staff of the Veterans Resource Center are available to assist you with finding the support and programs appropriate to achieve student success. You can reach VRC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 343-5080.
Your college education is important. Without mental and physical well-being, there is no academic success.
Disabled American Veterans
DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2015, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.
Give an Hour
Give an Hour's mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society, beginning with the mental health needs of those who serve and their families.
Health Programs for Veterans
Beyond the doctors and nurses who provide you with high-quality health care, VHA offers tools and information to help you reach your optimal health. Tools like My HealtheVet enable you to manage your medical priorities through an online prescription refill service, personal health journal, and links to Federal and VA benefits.
Love On 4 Paws
Love On 4 Paws is a non-profit, volunteer based organization committed to making a positive difference for those in need through animal assisted therapy. Our volunteers accomplish this by sharing the joy, comfort and healing power of their pet’s unconditional love. Our emphasis is visiting with adults and special needs children in hospitals and health care facilities, although we also visit schools and participate in community events. Love On 4 Paws is a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, established in 1997, and provides services to many facilities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Love On 4 Paws has nearly 100 volunteer teams, and visits with over 30,000 people each year.
MOVE! Weight Management Program
MOVE! is a weight management health promotion program designed to improve the lives of Veterans. In 2015 more than three quarters of Veterans receiving care in VHA facilities were considered to be overweight or obese. Our goals are to annually screen every Veteran who receives care at VA facilities for obesity, refer individuals to weight management services, and make available different treatment options that fit the needs and preferences of our Veterans. This makes MOVE! the largest and most comprehensive weight management program associated with a medical care system in the United States. Encouraging healthy eating behavior, increasing physical activity, and promoting even small weight losses can reduce health risks, prevent or reverse certain diseases, and improve quality-of-life and longevity.
Cal State LA Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides professional non-judgmental help with your personal growth and psychological wellness. CAPS specializes in mental health services which can help you express thoughts and feelings, gain perspective, alleviate emotional symptoms, improve coping skills, and make healthy changes in your life.
Cal State LA Student Health Center
The Student Health Center provides high-quality, affordable health care and health education for the students of Cal State L.A. to preserve and enhance their potential for academic success and personal development. It also seeks to serve as the primary health resource for the University and health advocate for the campus community.
The Soldiers Project
Service members are all affected by the separation that is part of serving in the military but the transition back to civilian life brings additional challenges. Homecoming often challenges the closest relationships with the tasks of learning about each other all over again. Moodiness, irritability and angry outburst can be visible signs of struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress or depression. Inability to difficulty in establishing comfortable family routines can become daily challenges. Therapy can offer veterans and loved ones a confidential and safe place to talk about these issues. As mental health practitioners who understand the far-reaching consequences of these war-related experiences, we can provide the support that is needed to smooth the transition to family and civilian life.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' Vet Centers
Vet Centers across the country provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to combat Veterans and their families. Vet Centers guide Veterans and their families through many of the major adjustments in lifestyle that often occur after a Veteran returns from combat. Services for a Veteran may include individual and group counseling in areas such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), alcohol and drug assessment, and suicide prevention referrals. All services are free of cost and are strictly confidential.
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is the largest healthcare system within the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California and Southern Nevada. VAGLAHS consists of three ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 10 community based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. VAGLAHS is affiliated with both UCLA School of Medicine and USC School of Medicine, as well as more than 45 colleges, universities and vocational schools in 17 different medical, nursing, paramedical and administrative programs.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
Veteran Training provides access to free, confidential and easy-to-access online training courses.