The Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is organized into six service delivery sections – benefits, veterans education, transition and employment, care centers, veterans cemeteries, the Virginia War Memorial, and the Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program. Local offices are located around the state to assist veterans and their families with these resources. To learn more about this organization, click here

The Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) provides resource referrals, care coordination, and supportive services to Virginia’s Veterans, National Guard, Armed Forces Reserves, family members and caregivers. The program’s supportive peer and family services are focused on helping individuals identify, address and successfully resolve presenting needs and challenges with special emphasis on challenges resulting from stress related conditions or traumatic brain injuries connected to military service. To learn more about this organization, click here

Operation Family Caregiver provides free and confidential support to the families of those who have served our nation. Operation Family Caregiver coaches the families of returning service members and veterans to manage the difficulties they face when they come home. OFC is a personalized program, tailored specifically to the struggles of each family. Through proven methods, the program teaches military families how best to navigate their challenges, resulting in stronger and healthier families. OFC helps the families of returning service members and veterans adjust to the “new normal” by coping more effectively with problems they never imagined. Specially trained coaches help military families learn how to overcome the obstacles they face and to manage any challenges that might come along. To learn more about this organization, click here

Mission United, a collective impact initiative spearheaded by the United Way of South Hampton Roads, is a free program that coordinates community services for active duty service members, veterans and their families, connecting them to affordable housing, job training, health care and other resources through a single entry point to the help they need. Mission United serves the Hampton Roads military and veteran population including:

  • Active duty service members from all five branches, including the Reserves and National Guard
  • Military retirees
  • Military spouses and dependents
  • Caregivers
  • Veterans of any era with any discharge

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“One Stop” Resource Center where families, and those working with families, find local resources and valuable information related to raising healthy, happy kids! The website hosts a database of more than 1,000 organizations serving children and families across Hampton Roads–Southside and Peninsula. To learn more about this organization, click here

CHKD parenting experts partner with parents and professionals throughout Hampton Roads by offering a variety of education services. Parents and parents-to-be can focus on positive parenting practices by joining a webinar, attending a workshop or class series, or by becoming a CHKD Parent Academy Graduate. Classes are listed below in the events calendar. To learn more about this organization, click here

Hampton Roads Parenting Education Network (HRPEN) is a network of agencies and organizations that have come together to offer education, support, information and referral for parents, grandparents, providers and professionals to ensure that the Hampton Roads community has access to quality parenting education. To learn more about this organization, click here

Free mental health care to active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, veterans, and their families. A list of volunteer providers who practice non traditional or “alternative” care is also available to support those who serve and their families. These practitioners provide services such as acupuncture, yoga, and nutritional counseling. To learn more about this organization, click here

Emergency shelter to families and children experiencing homelessness Crisis Response, Housing & Critical Services, and Children’s Education programs designed to achieve stability for families. To learn more about this organization, click here

PsychArmor Institute is a national nonprofit that provides FREE Online Education and support to all Americans who work with, live with or care for Military Service Members, Veterans and their families. The self-paced courses are delivered within nine topic areas geared toward military culture, healthcare providers, employers, K-12 educators, higher education, volunteers, caregivers and families, transitioning service members, and communities serving Veterans. To learn more about this organization, click here

Military OneSource is both a call center and a website, providing free, comprehensive information and resources on every aspect of military life to service members (regardless of activation status), their families and survivors. To learn more about this organization, click here

The ForKids Regional Housing Crisis Hotline is the central point of contact for all persons experiencing a housing crisis throughout Greater Hampton Roads. To learn more about this organization, click here

Hampton children, youth, adults, and families are safe, healthy, and self-sufficient. To ensure all children are born healthy, enter kindergarten prepared to succeed, achieve academic success while engaged in the community, and graduate healthy and prepared for a lifetime of success.

Enhancing parenting skills and parent-child bonding and interaction, improving family functioning by teaching problem-solving skills, building trusting relationships and improving family support systems, Promoting optimal child development and preventive care during early childhood and reducing undesirable health outcomes such as poor immunization rates, child abuse and neglect and repeat teenage pregnancies. To learn more about this organization, click here

Western Tidewater Community Services Board has partnered with the VA in implementing areas of the Clay Hunt SAV Act by providing a new Peer Support and Community Outreach Program for transitioning service members, reservist, National Guard, veterans who are not yet connected to VA services, and spouses/dependents. This groundbreaking pilot project is the first of its kind in the nation. To learn more about this organization, click here

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. Readjustment counseling is offered to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling is offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma. To learn more about this organization, click here

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available. To learn more about this organization, click here

Community Services Boards are by Virginia statute the single point of entry into the publicly funded mental health, developmental, and substance abuse services. There are forty community services boards in Virginia. To learn more about this organization, click here

The Children’s Services Act serves troubled or at risk youth and their families. To find eligibility information, click here For more information about CSA in your city or county you can also contact your local CSA Coordinator. To access the contact information for CSA Coordinators, click here

Virginia Parent Resource Centers are committed to positive relationship between parents and schools. They assist parents with questions and planning as well as provide resources and training sessions. About 46 of 134 school divisions in Virginia maintain a Parent Resource Center. To learn more about this organization, click here