The National Guard Bureau announced the initiation of a new and
confidential veteran peer support helpline for all Guard and Reserve
service members on December 13, 2011. This began in part to
recognize the difficulties of returning military into civilian life,
the rising number of suicides in that population and a recent New
Jersey soldier who took his own life while waiting for services.
The death of Sgt. Coleman Bean got the attention and advocacy of the
late N.J. Senator Frank Lautenberg and the action of Congressman
Rush Holt. Their services help establish the program at
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, a center of excellence
for 18 years in peer support.
In August 2014 the program transitioned to the Department of
Defense (DoD), DSPO (Department of Suicide Prevention Office).
Here our major focus was on the active duty service men and women
around the world. We worked closely with the VA’s Crisis Line
and not only reached out to service members in crisis but also
continued with peer support when accepted.
Vets4Warriors serves all Military, Veteran and Family Members. There
are "no wrong doors".
is to provide
24/7 confidential, stigma free peer support by veterans to Active Duty,
National Guard and Reserve service members, Veterans, Retirees, and
their families/caregivers. Share lived experiences to create an
environment of trust that demonstrates you are never alone, there is a
caring, empathic voice ready to connect and follow up.