Veterans and Military Service Members
The State of Michigan employs over 45,000 people, many who are or have been military service members. Veterans, Guard, and reserve service employees may have unique needs and stressors in addition to the complex challenges of everyday life.
The Employee Service Program (ESP) can assist our military members with problem solving, getting them connected to resources, and working together on stress management planning. If you are a State of Michigan employee who is a veteran or current military service member and are interested in learning more about what ESP can do for you or an eligible family member, please call 800 521-1377 to confidentially speak with a counselor.
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support. Visit their web page www.veteranscrisisline.net, and follow the link to chat online.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- In the event of a life-threatening emergency, please dial 911 for assistance or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.
- Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is the central coordinating agency, providing support, care, advocacy and service to veterans and their families. MVAA works to identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, health care and quality of life.
- The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Michigan Locations
- National Center for PTSD
PTSD and Stress Management
- National Center for PTSD
- PTSD Basics
- Anonymous PTSD Screening Tool: Additional screenings are also available.
- Real Warriors-Real Battles-Real Strength is an initiative through the Department of Defense and Psychological Health Center of Excellence to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds, and to create awareness of the tools and resources available for psychological health care and support.
- Veteran’s Health Administration Manage Stress Workbook helps identify and track your stress, and practice a variety of strategies that have been shown to counteract stress.
- VetChange is a free, confidential, online program to help Veterans take control of their drinking and learn to manage PTSD symptoms without using alcohol.
- Summary of VA Treatment Programs for Substance Use Problems
- National Institute on Drug Abuse-Military provides a brief description of military related substance use problems, trends, research and resources.
Veterans and Military Families
- Coaching Into Care is a national telephone service of the VA which aims to educate, support, and empower family members and friends who are seeking care or services for a Veteran. Call 888-823-7458.
- Understanding PTSD: A Guide for Family and Friends
- Family and Friends provides information and articles about the effects of trauma on families, children, relationships, and communities.
- SAMHSA-Veterans and Military Families
- Real Warriors Campaign - The Role of Family and Loved Ones in Substance Misuse
- PTSD Coach is a mobile app that help you learn about and cope with the symptoms related to PTSD that commonly occur following trauma.
- PTSD Family Coach is an app to support family members of those living with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- VetChange is a mobile app for Veterans and Service members who are concerned about their drinking and how it relates to posttraumatic stress after deployment, or for anyone who wants to develop healthier drinking behaviors.
- Anger and Irritability Management Skills (AIMS): A mobile app to help you cope with anger problems. While AIMS was designed for Veterans and Service members, anyone can use it to learn more about anger and how to manage angry reactions. The app provides opportunities for finding support, the ability to create an anger management plan, anger tracking, and tools to help manage angry reactions. Free from: iTunes (iOS) and Google Play (Android).