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Nevada Resources for Military Veterans

Common Challenges Among Military Veterans

Veterans of the U.S. Military face unique challenges when they return to civilian life. They may suffer from medical problems that began during service/combat; they may have trouble reintegrating back into their home life; and they may struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, or other mental disorders.

veteran with doctor

The following statistics provide a small snapshot of the many issues that veterans deal with as they navigate life after active military service:1,2,3,4

  • An estimated 10% of vets returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have an alcohol or drug problem.
  • Over 20% of veterans with PTSD also struggle with alcohol or drug addiction.
  • Nearly 30% of veterans who seek treatment for addiction also have PTSD.
  • In 2015, there were nearly 50,000 veterans experiencing homelessness in the U.S.
  • In mid-2018, an estimated 41% of all Gulf War era II vets had a service-related disability.
  • Approximately 2/3 of veterans report experiencing pain, with 9% of those reporting severe pain.
  • The opioid overdose rate among veterans increased significantly from 14% to 21% over a 6-year period (2010 to 2016).

Signs of Drug or Alcohol Addiction

As shown above, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction affects veterans to a significant degree.

If you’re not sure if you or someone you love has a problem, the following are some of the signs of a substance use disorder (the clinical term for addiction):5

  • Continued use of a drug even when it causes relationship problems.
  • Constantly needing money/experiencing financial problems.
  • Having legal problems related to substance use.
  • Drastic changes in friends/hobbies.
  • Mood swings and/or outbursts.
  • Suspicious or secretive behavior.
  • Changes in eating/appetite.
  • Problems functioning at work or school.
  • Personality changes.
  • Changes to hygiene or physical appearance.
  • Using drugs in hazardous situations such as driving.

If you have any question at all about whether you or a loved one needs professional help, don’t hesitate to call us at 702-848-6223. We are here to talk to you at any time, day or night. All calls are confidential.

Help for Veterans: Resources in Nevada

Veterans and their families living in Nevada can utilize the following state services.

Nevada Department of Veterans Services

The mission of the NV Department of Veterans Services to connect veterans to resources that will help them enrich their lives. The department’s 4 programs provide assistance with:

  • Submitting claims for benefits.
  • Accessing skilled nursing care.
  • Planning a dignified burial.
  • Reintegrating into civilian life.

The department serves:

  • Veterans.
  • Active service members.
  • National Guard and Reserve.
  • Families and survivors of the above.

Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention

The Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention provides numerous resources for those in crisis, as well as information about suicide prevention.

On this site, you can find:

  • Data and research on suicide.
  • Information on warning signs.
  • Information on suicide prevention.
  • Resources for survivors of suicide loss.
  • Crisis/suicide prevention hotlines.

Veterans Village

1150 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Veterans Village #2

50 N. 21st Street

Las Vegas, NV 89101 N. 21st Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

This Las Vegas resource for United States veterans provides services that include:

  • Transitional housing.
  • Medical services
  • Mental health services
  • Transportation to healthcare facilities
  • Food pantry
  • Nutrition education
  • Employment services

University of Las Vegas Nevada (UNLV) Military and Veteran Services Center

This university resource for military members, veterans, and their families provides “responsive academic, social, and administrative support to student veterans, as well as active duty military members.”

Veterans will have access to:

  • Priority registration at UNLV
  • A VA Benefits Counselor
  • An annual career fair for veterans only
  • Nevada residency within 5 years of separation, providing the vet was “honorably discharged”

Military family members will also receive in-state tuition using VA Education Benefits within 3 years of the sponsor’s discharge date.

Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans at Desert Hope

Female vet taking pain pills

The Salute to Recovery program at Desert Hope Treatment Center in Las Vegas, Nevada offers specialized treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders for veterans and first responders.

Treatment offered as part of the Salute to Recovery program includes:

  • Individual and group therapy for veterans.
  • Trauma-based therapies.
  • Anger management groups.
  • Introduction to 12-Step programs.
  • Communication skills training.
  • Family therapy.
  • Coping skills and life skills training.

Because veterans and first responders face unique challenges, Desert Hope’s program offers a specialized curriculum that addresses common issues faced by these populations, including:

  • Hypervigilance.
  • Stress and post-traumatic responses.
  • The culture embedded in military members and first responders.
  • Distorted thinking.
  • Unique recovery needs.

As part of the program, veterans and first responders will stay together through the duration of treatment. This group, referred to in treatment as the battalion, will form a supportive group who understands and can relate to each other’s struggles.

Desert Hope Accepts TriWest

Veterans may be eligible to receive treatment at Desert Hope using TriWest benefits. To discuss our veterans’ program and how TriWest may help pay for your care, give us a call today at 702-848-6223.

We also accept private insurance plans and are in-network with most insurance plans that utilize Behavioral Healthcare Options (BHO). To see if your plan uses BHO, check your insurance card.

You may also check your insurance benefits with our free, easy to use benefits verification form.

VA Clinics in Southern Nevada

Below, you’ll find a list of VA clinics located throughout the state of Nevada.

Southwest Las Vegas VA Clinic

7235 S Buffalo Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89113

Phone: (702) 791-9040

Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This clinic offers the following services:

  • Enrollment
  • Laboratory
  • Mental Health
  • Nutritional Medicine
  • Patient Advocate
  • Primary Care
  • Release of Information
  • Radiology
  • Social Services
  • Telehealth

No emergency services are offered here.

Southeast Las Vegas VA Clinic

1020 South Boulder Highway
Henderson, NV 89015

Phone: 702-791-9030

Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m to 4 p.m.

This location offers the following services:

  • Enrollment
  • Laboratory
  • Mental Health
  • Nutritional Medicine
  • Patient Advocate
  • Primary Care
  • Release of Information
  • Radiology
  • Social Services
  • Telehealth

No emergency services are offered here.

Northwest Las Vegas VA Clinic

3968 North Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130-3412

Phone: (702) 791-9020

Hours: Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The northwest clinic offers services that include:

  • Enrollment
  • Laboratory
  • Mental Health
  • MOVE Program
  • Nutritional Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Patient Advocate
  • Primary Care
  • Radiology
  • Release of Information
  • Social Worker
  • Telehealth

No emergency services are offered here.

Northeast Las Vegas VA Clinic

4461 East Charleston Boulevard
Community Resource & Referral Center (CRRC)
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Phone: (702) 791-9050

Hours: Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This Las Vegas-based clinic offers both primary services for veterans and community resources for homeless veterans. Primary services include:

  • Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC)*
  • Enrollment
  • Laboratory
  • Mental Health
  • Nutritional Medicine
  • Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team
  • Patient Advocate
  • Primary Care
  • Radiology
  • Release of Information
  • Social Worker
  • Telehealth

No emergency services are offered here.

*Community Resource and Referral Center:

This particular clinic is unique in that, it provides an additional service outside its primary care services. The Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) provides assistance to homeless veterans and may provide referrals to numerous community resources including:

  • Case Management
  • Psychological services (assessment and treatment plans)
  • Education and Treatment Groups
  • Re-entry Outreach for Veterans
  • Transitional Housing
  • Emergency shelter
  • Employment services
  • Clothing, transportation, and food assistance
  • Dental care program

North Las Vegas VA Medical Center

6900 North Pecos Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89086

Phone: (702) 791-9000

Hours: Open 24/7

This medical center offers a wide range of services, including emergency room care. Always open.

Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center

4700 N. Las Vegas Blvd.,
N. Las Vegas, NV 89191 

Phone: (702) 653-2260

Hours: Open 24/7

This clinic provides emergency medical services and is always open.

Pahrump Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

220 South Lola Lane
Pahrump, NV 89048

Phone: (775) 727-7535

Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

This outpatient clinic offers:

  • Mental Health Services
  • Primary Care
  • Telehealth
  • Lab
  • Social Services

No emergency services are offered here.

Master Chief Petty Officer Jesse Dean VA Clinic

Laughlin Professional Plaza
3650 South Point Circle
Building D, 2nd Floor
Suite 200
Laughlin, Nevada 89029

Phone: (702) 298-1100

Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This Laughlin-based location offers the following services:

  • Primary Care through Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT)
  • Telehealth

No emergency services are offered here.

National Veterans Resources

The following national resources are available to veterans and those who love them.

Veterans Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255

The Veterans Crisis Line is a resource available to veterans experiencing a crisis or anyone who is concerned about a veteran they love.

When you call the crisis line, you’ll be connected to a caring responder from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of the responders at the line are veterans themselves, so it’s likely you’ll be speaking with another veteran when you call.

You can call or text the number, and what you share is up to you. The responder will ask you some questions, and you can choose what you answer. All information you relay will be 100% confidential.

Homeless Veterans Hotline

1-877-4AID VET
(877) 424-3838

This confidential phone line is a resource available to all veterans and their loved ones. The hotline is also available for:

  • Staff at VA facilities
  • Federal, state, and local partners
  • Community providers who serve homeless vets

Responders on the line can help veterans get connected their closest VA staff member for help. They can also help loved ones with information about homeless programs and services.

Vets4Warriors

This organization works to provide access to ongoing peer support to all veterans, active service members and their families or caregivers at any time, to individuals anywhere in the world. The organization’s mission is to address issues before they become crises.

Peer support is provided through:

All correspondence is completely confidential.

End of Veterans Choice Program

Vet at VA clinic

The Veterans Choice Program (VCP) is no longer active for community care. The criteria for VCP will no longer be used to determine eligibility for community care services.6

The new Veteran Community Care program is what you will now use to access services through a VA facility or community care provider.6

VCP Choice Cards are no longer active, meaning you may not use your VCP card to access services. However, it is very likely you will still be able to see your current provider under the new program.6

References:

  1. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (n.d.). PTSD and Substance Abuse in Veterans.
  2. United States Census Bureau. (2015). Veterans Statistics – Veterans Day 2015.
  3. United States Department of Labor. (2019). EMPLOYMENT SITUATION OF VETERANS — 2018.
  4. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). Substance Use and Military Life.
  5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2019). Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders.
  6. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (n.d.). Community Care.

 

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Amanda Lautieri
Senior Web Content Editor, American Addiction Centers
Amanda Lautieri is a Senior Web Content Editor at American Addiction Centers and an addiction content expert for Desert Hope Treatment Center. She holds a bachelor's degree and has reviewed thousands of medical articles on substance abuse and... Read More