(VA) Free MISSION BBQ For Veterans, Surf Lessons, Online Military Concerts

6 virtual events for Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors

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Now is the time to start your journey, May is Mental Health Month

Focusing on your mental health can lead to a healthier life. Whether you're looking to take the first step or the next step in your journey toward recovery, start here. Start today.


Warrior Surf Foundation provides free therapy, wellness and yoga sessions

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Iraq War Veteran Andrew Manzi started Warrior Surf, a nonprofit that provides free surf camps and therapy for Veterans and their families.
Adapting to better serve the community, Warrior Surf is offering sessions online.  


VA May events:

  • Post a photograph or video on your social media channels of what you are doing to take care of your emotional well-being using #MoreThanEverBefore LEARN MORE
  • May 7, 4 p.m. ET - Take a Breath: Breathing Techniques to Cope with Stress REGISTER
  • May 14, 1 p.m. ET - Lunch N Learn: National Cemetery Administration Veterans Legacy Memorial, VA Telehealth, and The Independence Fund JOIN
  • May 14, 3 p.m. ET – COVID-19 Military Support Initiative by the Association of Defense Communities and Blue Star Families with Veterans Benefits Administration, Wounded Warrior Project, American Legion, and VFW REGISTER
  • May 20, 3 p.m. ET - Survivors Together: Live Q&A Chat on RallyPoint with Office of Survivor Assistance, National Cemetery Administration, and Community Partners ASK A QUESTION
  • May 28, 1 p.m. ET - Lunch N Learn: Memorial Affairs Overview and Spiritual Resilience (VA Chaplain Service) JOIN
  • May 28, 2 p.m. ET - Promoting Veteran Mental Health with VA, Boulder Crest Institute, and Cohen Veterans Network JOIN Audio: 1-800-767-1750, access code 52655#

Mission BBQ: free sandwiches for Veterans, military during Armed Forces Week

Mission BBQ will offer Veterans and active duty military a free sandwich in May on the following dates:
U.S. Army: 5/11
U.S. Marines: 5/12
U.S. Navy: 5/13
U.S. Air Force: 5/14
U.S. Coast Guard: 5/15
All branches: 5/16 
Mission BBQ is also hiring Veterans. 



Disclaimer: The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services on the part of the VA.

New FREE COVID Coach app available

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If you're feeling worried or anxious about your health, safety, loved ones, finances or uncertainty about the future, you are not alone. The new COVID Coach app can help you learn about self-care and improve your mental health during this difficult time.
The app includes:
• Information to help you stay mentally and physically healthy
• Tools to manage stress and improve your well-being
• Assessments to monitor your well-being, anxiety, mood, and PTSD symptoms over time
• Personal goal tracker
• Direct links to resources for additional support or help




Military bands offer free concerts online

Watch the Digital Drumline Project with 900+ drummers playing in unison from all over the world.
See videos and schedules of free performances from all 5 military bands, plus a VA music therapy video. 


Borne the Battle #192: Mike Erwin, Army Veteran, Team RWB Founder

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U.S. Army Veteran Mike Erwin shares his journey as a social entrepreneur. He helped found Team Red White and Blue and The Positivity Project. Through these nonprofit organizations, Erwin is able to serve our country and our Veterans.



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No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home

Free Help for Homeless Veterans Dial 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) for 24/7 access VA's services for homeless and at-risk Veterans
Homeless Veteran Chat Confidential, 24/7 online support for homeless Veterans and friends
https://www.va.gov/homeless for more information

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? 

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)

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