THE ENDLESS JOURNEY HOME

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Resources

At 19 years old, Specialist Joe Collins volunteered to deploy to Iraq. After 366 days in-country, he returned home and got a job as a dual status federal employee. Shortly thereafter, he began to notice something was wrong. Afraid of losing all he had fought for, he embarked on a endless journey to discover what was happening to him.

This updated 2018 version includes a family section, new resources, and how Joe’s journey continues 10 years later.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I find financial resources to help pay my bills?

We are an all volunteer organization that attempts to connect veterans and families to resources as well as to educate about the wounds of war. Dial 2-1-1 and visit the National Resource Directory, both connect Veterans with resources in their community. Visit our “How to get Help” link for more resources.

Are you a Veteran or concerned about one?

If you’re a family member or friend of a Veteran in need, encourage the Veteran to connect with the local Vet Center to register for VA Benefits. Go with them. If it’s an emergency, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 for immediate help. Also, Coaching Into Care is an available resource that can provide coaching guidance and support for family members and friends of Veterans, dial 1-888-823-7458.

Where do I begin to file for Veteran Benefits?

There are 3 branches of Veteran benefits. They are Health Benefits, Burial, and Memorial. You can access more information and find out how to apply for each at va.gov.

You will always need the veterans record of service (called a DD-214). If you do not have it, you may request it at archives.gov under Veteran’s Service Records. This will be essential in filing for any of the VA Benefits earned.

How do I get help? I'm homeless and stranded.

If you’re in crisis, dial 9-1-1. Find assistance and call the Homeless Veterans 24/7 Hotline at 1-877-424-3838 which submits referrals on the Veteran’s behalf and provides a coordinator to assist with local resources and needs, with a 1-day response time. See other resources for homeless veterans at https://veteransfamiliesunited.org/homeless-veterans/

How do I get free transportation or auto repair help?

Currently, we do not have many options. The resources known and available are listed on our Transportation webpage. We are actively seeking new, viable resources to help solve this ongoing issue. Enter ‘transportation’ into our search bar to access other resources.

What support is given the caregiver?

Coaching Into Care provides support and guidance for caregivers, dial 1-888-823-7458 to speak with a representative. Coaching Into Care does not require you to be VA-qualified. Another resource is VA Caregiver Support, and they can be reached by calling 1-855-260-3274. VA Caregiver Support provides resources for VA-qualified individuals and guidance for those who are not VA-qualified. See other resources for caregivers at https://veteransfamiliesunited.org/caregiver-resources/

VETERANS FAMILIES UNITED IS AN ALL-VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION