VA benefits for service members
If you're serving on active duty in the United States uniformed services, including active National Guard and Reserve with federal pay, you may be eligible for VA benefits both during service and after separation or retirement. If you're a traditional or technical member of the National Guard and Reserve, you may also be eligible for some VA benefits. Find out which benefits you may qualify for—and when to apply. You'll also learn about these benefits in your required Transition Assistance Program (TAP) briefing.
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- VA benefits you can use during and after service
- Time-sensitive VA benefits to consider when separating or retiring
- Other VA benefits to consider as a Veteran
Get free mental health care for a year after separation—no matter your discharge status, service history, or eligibility for VA health care.
If you need support for a specific mental health problem—or if you’re having problems sleeping, controlling your anger, or readjusting to civilian life—you are not alone. And we can help.
To access free VA mental health services right away:
- Call or walk in to any VA medical center—anytime, day or night.
Find your nearest VA health facility
- Call or walk in to any Vet Center during clinic hours.
Find your nearest Vet Center
- Call us at 1-877-222-VETS (1-877-222-8387). We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. If you have hearing loss, call TTY: 1-800-877-8339.
You don’t need to be enrolled in VA health care to get care.
Learn more about accessing VA mental health services
To connect with other resources for Veterans and transitioning service members: