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The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) program is continuing services to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) as the Commonwealth begins reopening after the COVID-19 shutdowns. We are serving our SMVF population as before but with certain protocols in place to ensure the safety of our staff, clients and community partners. Our Regional offices will be opening at different times across the state but we are continuing to support the needs of eligible individuals by phone/email until all offices have re-opened.

Our staff will be serving the needs of our veterans and their family members by appointment only.  As we re-open offices, we are ensuring all social distancing protocols are in place for the safety of our staff and service members and veteran families.  If as a veteran, you or your family has a need which requires a face-to-face meeting In an urgent or emergency situation, please advise when you speak with the Regional Director or Resource Specialist at the time of initial contact. To determine whether your local office is open, please contact 1-877-285-1299 and your call will be routed to the appropriate region for assistance. Please be sure to state your name, a return phone number, and your location clearly.

 

VVFS Mobile Apps

PTSD Coach

Developed by the National Center for PTSD Features cognitive behavioral techniques to promote self management of the symptoms of post traumatic stress http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/ptsdcoach.asp

Free PTSD Coach download available for IPhone (App Store), andAndroid. (Google Play)

PE Coach

Designed to support Prolonged Exposure treatment for PTSD. Developed by Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) Free PE Coach download available for IPhone (App Store), and Android. (Google Play)

T2 Mood Tracker

Also developed by T2 allows users to monitor and track their emotional health. The app records a range of emotions for anxiety, depression, head injury, stress, posttraumatic stress and a user’s general well-being. Users can also create items to track their progress in unique areas. The saved results are displayed in an easy-understand graph. Free T2 Mood Tracker download available for Apple (App Store), and Android. (Google Play)

Breathe Relax

Developed by T2 – is a portable stress management tool built on the iphone mobile app platform. Takes the user through breathing exercises to decrease stress.Capitalizing on touch-screen technology, a user can record their stress level on a ‘visual analogue scale’ by simply swiping a small bar to the left or to the right. Free Breathe 2 Relax download available for IPhone (App Store), and Android. (Google Play)

LifeArmor

Developed by T2 this is a self management tool to address many common mental health concerns such as depression, and post-traumatic stress.Brief self-assessments help the user measure and track their symptoms, and tools are available to assist with managing specific problems. Free LifeArmor download available for IPhone (App Store), and Android (Google Play).

Positive Activity Jackpot

Using a phone’s GPS and camera helps users find nearby enjoyable activities and diversions for soldiers returning from the high tempo of combat life. Developed by T2. Free Positive Activity Jackpot download available on Android (Google Play) only at this time.

Real Warriors Live Chat

realwarriorlivechatA Real Voice with Real Answers 24/7.

Get the information you need with the Real Warriors Live Chat. A trained health resource consultant is ready to talk, listen and provide the guidance and resources you’re looking for. Access our privacy policies and disclaimers to see our commitment to your confidentiality. Call 866-966-1020 or LOG ON — 24/7 — for Real Warriors Live Chat.

SAMHSA

SAMHSA150x134Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

Treatment Locator app helps locate nearby mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities. Free SAMHSA Treatment Locator – The “Download Now” link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. Now available for Android.

Provider Resilience

ProviderResilence150x134Created by T2, provides self care tools for providers to guard against burnout and compassion fatigue.Free Provider Resilience download for IPhone (App Store) and, Android (Google Play).

My Military Life

MyMilitaryLife150x134Created by the  National Military Family Association. Helps families new to the military as well as those dealing with deployment navigate the challenges of military life. Free My Military Life download Available for IPhone (App Store), and Android. (Google Play) – The app also syncs with an online portal, My MilitaryLife.org

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