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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.

 

About VVFS

“Enhancing the quality of life for Virginia’s veterans, service members and their families”

The Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program (VVFS) is operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and provides OUTREACH, CONNECTION and SUPPORT to veterans and their families as they address the challenges of military service, transition, deployments, Post Traumatic Stress and other behavioral health concerns as well as Traumatic Brain Injuries and other physical injuries.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE: Referral and connection services are coordinated with Community Services Boards, brain injury service providers, VA medical facilities and other public and private agencies.  Additionally, VVFS provides direct support via personalized care coordination, peer to peer mentoring, caregiver skill building and support groups.

Virginia Veteran and Family Support is a legislatively mandated program operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in cooperation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Department of Rehabilitative Services. It was established in 2008 in response to the growing need to improve and expand services to our nation’s veterans and their family members whose lives have been touched by stress-related injuries or traumatic brain injury. Virginia Veteran and Family Support was re-branded on October 1, 2015. VVFS was formally known as Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.

WHO WE SERVE:  Our statewide program serves veterans of any era (regardless of discharge status) who are Virginia residents; members of the Virginia National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves not in active federal service; and family members and caregivers of those veterans and service members.

Through an extensive network of local, federal and state partnerships, the VVFS program can assist you in getting the answers and connections you need and deserve.

Note: Requests for urgent mental health services should be directed to local emergency services at the Community Services Boards or by calling #911 or the suicide prevention hotline #1.800.273.8255.

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