The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) is continuing services to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) as the Commonwealth deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our offices are open for in person appointments. We are serving our SMVF population as before, but with certain protocols and screenings in place to ensure the safety of our staff, customers and community partners. To ensure for everyone’s safety, all visitors will be screened prior to entering our offices and face coverings are required. There will not be lobby or waiting room availability and we ask all visitors to respect our social distancing and mask protocols. Frequent disinfection of all high-touch surfaces occur frequently throughout the day and after each visitor to our offices.
The VDVS VVFS program will continue to maximize personalized service options such as behavioral health, rehabilitative, and supportive services for the SMVF community, including in-person meetings, approved public meetings, virtual and phone appointments. If you or your family have an urgent or emergency situation requiring in person assistance, please let us know when you contact us. To determine whether your local office is open on a particular day, please contact 1-877-285-1299 and your call will be routed for assistance. Please be sure to clearly state your name, a return phone number, and your location. Appointment requests may also be made electronically by clicking on the Red Appointment Request button at the top of this page.
VVFS Mobile Apps
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)
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)
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).
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.
Substance 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.
Created 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