This Week at the VA


Dallas VA Suicide Prevention Team

TOP PHOTO: The VA North Texas Health Care System recently added Veterans Crisis Line wrapped vehicles to its fleet. Just in time for National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, the vehicles will help more people see this life-saving information in Dallas and the surrounding communities.

Photo by Michael Cole




VA recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month

In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, VA encourages Veterans, community leaders, co-workers, families and friends to #BeThere — to help prevent suicide — by being present, supportive and strong for those who may be going through a difficult time. READ MORE

VA and DoD collaboration offers women’s health transition training

A new VA and DoD collaboration offers a virtual option for the Women’s Health Transition Training Program. The program provides service women with a deeper understanding of the women’s health services available to them. READ MORE


Women Veterans

Pat Tillman: From NFL star to Army Ranger

After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Tillman completed the remainder of the 2011 season, then turned down a lucrative contract extension from the Cardinals to enlist in the Army. READ MORE


Pat Tillman

Borne the Battle 

BTB 161

On this week’s episode of Borne the Battle, Tanner Iskra interviews guest Todd Boeding, who shares his past, present and future as a Marine Corps Veteran, as well as his involvement honoring Veterans through Carry the Load.

Listen to the entire episode here: Borne the Battle #161

Veterans Crisis Line helps Iraq War Veteran

Army Veteran Russell Fields used the Veterans Crisis Line to help overcome PTSD and depression brought on by his service in Iraq. READ MORE


Russell Fields


Patriot Day

Join NCA and Carry The Load for a National Day of Service on September 11

On Wednesday, September 11, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) and Carry The Load (CTL) will partner on a national day of service at 40 national cemeteries across the country.


Every September, Suicide Prevention Month gives individuals and communities across the country an opportunity to reflect on the ways we can all prevent suicide, including among Veterans.

You don’t need special training to help prevent suicide, and even simple actions of support can make a real difference to a Veteran going through a difficult time. For instance, asking how a Veteran is doing — and listening — shows you care.

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

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