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 1chat 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. 

If you’re a Veteran in crisis or know a Veteran who is, confidential support is only a phone call, click, or text away — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The Veterans Crisis Line, online chat, and text-messaging service are free to all Veterans, even if you are not registered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or enrolled in VA health care. Hundreds of Veterans call every day, and start to get back on track.

The Veterans Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified VA responders — some of whom are Veterans themselves.

They understand what Veterans have been through and the challenges Veterans of all ages and service eras face.


24 Hour Phone Number



A phone line will be offered to assist Veterans with:

  • crisis
  • resources
  • everyday






Crisis feels different for everybody and can arise from a wide range of situations before, during, or after military service.


Some Veterans are coping with aging, stress, or similar challenges faced during civilian life while others may experience difficulties in their relationships or transitioning back to employment or education.


Whatever’s got you down — chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anger, or even homelessness — there is support for Veterans day or night.