​​Since 1985 ​the​ National Veterans Foundation has helped over 350,000 veterans and their families with crisis and information services through ​the nation's first toll-free, vet-to-vet hotline for all U.S. veterans and their families.​

Our veteran counselors provide veterans and their families with information, counseling and service referrals for issues around VA benefits, mental health counseling, housing, medical services, education benefits​, financial issues and more​.

Please call the Lifeline for Vets™ at 888-777-4443 for veteran help.

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Latest Veteran News

NVF Veteran Heads to Grad School

Wendell Guillermo—a decorated combat veteran, 2010 NVF Veteran of the Year, and one of our most experienced LifeLine for Vets counselors—just started graduate schoolat USC. From 2007 until a few days before classes at USC began in September, Wendell helped fellow vets on our veteran crisis, information and services hotline.

Vet-to-Vet: From the Military to Medicine

Before deploying to Iraq with the 1st Infantry Division near Tikrit in 2004, Chris had thought electromechanical engineering would be his field. His goals shifted because of his experience on a recovery team in Iraq and some first aid training he received. He called his friend, NVF Counselor Eric Buss, for help on his applications to medical school.

NVF’s New Partners in Nevada and Alabama

The National Veterans Foundation is taking part in two new exciting veteran support projects with partners in Nevada and Alabama: The Goodwill of Southern Nevada, and Aloha Hospitality. 

The collaboration with Goodwill of Southern Nevada, located in Las Vegas, will connect the NVF’s vet-to-vet counseling with Goodwill’s Veteran Integration Program (VIP).  VIP provides training and job opportunities for veterans transitioning from the military to civilian life.

NVF’s Kristine Hesse (left ) with Navy Vet and Veteran Advocate Ashley Bozeman at a PTSD/TBI/MST awareness walk
On a recent Outreach mission, Kristine Hesse, our Women’s Outreach Coordinator and Shad Meshad, our President, learned of a female vet who was living in her car in a large parking lot. This young woman was in school, yet living in her car. She’d had to leave her infant child with her parents when her unit was deployed to Iraq. Her return home a year later had not gone smoothly. When the team found her, no one knew she was living in her car. She’d go to her child mornings and evenings and spend the day in classes

Latest Blogs

Veterans Day is next Tuesday. Our nation has seen twelve years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The war has been present, but perhaps at a safe distance for those who haven’t had someone close to them in harm’s way.  One thing is clear: it’s going to take all of us to bridge the civilian/military divide and completely reintegrate our warriors back into our society.

This reintegration is not a new process.  I’ve been working with veterans’ “coming home” since the Vietnam War. 

One of the places the VA is referring veteran families for transitional housing in LA is a local facility for previously incarcerated and mentally ill individuals. I have visited this place and it is seriously scary. If I had a choice of spending a week there, alone or with my child, or spending it in my car, I would pick my car too. This is unacceptable for women who served and sacrificed for their country. They deserve better.

As Veterans Day approaches, I wanted to highlight a couple of veterans’ successes by sharing stories that show the importance of vet-to-vet connection and what can happen if treatment and housing options are available to help vets rebuild their lives.