Veterans and members of the armed services who were at the marathon or who viewed images or read about it may also need additional assistance. The needs of our servicemen and women are unique and there are additional resources available to them through local, state, and federal government. Additional assistance can be found here.
Assistance For Veterans:
Mobile Vet Centers
Five Mobile Vet Centers and staff, in collaboration with the Mass Department of Veterans Services, Riverside Community Care, Mass Rehab Commission, Boston Public Health, Boston Veterans Services, and Watertown Veterans Services, have deployed into the Boston area to provide access to VA services as well as provide readjustment counseling to any veteran and family. Mobile Vet Centers and staff are also providing services to first responders in the Boston area. Each vehicle is staffed by the following VA staff: Vet Center Outreach Worker and Counselor, VA Medical Center staff, and VBA staff all who can provide information, referral, and access to all VA services. VA's community partners are also available on the Mobile Vet Centers to provide anyone with information about available local services.
Vet Center Combat Call Center
The VA's Vet Center Program operates a Combat Call Center at 1-877-WAR-VETS. This is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issues they are facing, following the events of April 15, 2013. The staff is comprised of combat veterans from several eras as well as family members of combat veterans.
- All services are prepaid through the veteran’s military service.
- Veterans do not need to be enrolled with the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Centers to use a Vet Center.
- Veterans do not need a disability rating or service connection for injuries from either the Department of Veteran Affairs or the Department of Defense to use a Vet Center.
- No information will be released to any person or agency without the written consent from the veteran, except in circumstances averting a crisis.