Our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan endure stress that grinds away at them physically, mentally and spiritually 24/7. There’s no rest from the tactics of terrorist warfare. The pressure’s there every moment, waking or sleeping — nine, twelve, fifteen months of relentless tension. It takes a terrible toll, even on the toughest soldier.
Worse, our troops aren’t finished with war when they come home. They know they’ll be going back again … and again … and again.
And when our troops come home, the struggle with the heavy impact of war in their lives continues unabated.
Talk to a Veteran you can trust
They need someone to talk to, someone who understands, someone they can trust. When they call our Lifeline for Vets™ – 888-777-4443 – they reach another veteran of America’s armed forces. Speaking to another veteran who “gets it” is crucial for a soldier who has returned to the homeland he or she has defended only to feel like “a stranger in a strange land” – full of fear, wracked with depression and on the verge of despair.
The NVF and the Lifeline for Vets™ – 888-777-4443 – have helped countless American heroes — person-to-person, veteran-to-veteran. That’s vital at a time when suicides among America’s veterans have reached the rate of 22 a day. Over and again, Lifeline for Vets™ and its volunteer professionals have talked veterans back from the brink of taking their own lives. Over the past 21 years we have answered more than a quarter million calls and every day there are more and more.