AFSCME Council 3 Connecting Veterans to Resources

With the recent news of troops leaving Afghanistan, AFSCME Council 3 is supporting veterans and sharing information about important resources available.  Many may find the news triggering or upsetting but it’s critical to remember that what is happening now does not minimize the sacrifices of those who served. There is not one way to think or feel or act. The important thing is to be aware of the many mental health resources available to you. 

As state employees, members have access to the Employee Assistance Program through the Department of budget and management. You are not alone. AFSCME Council 3 stands with all veterans and wants to help everyone get through this troubling time.

There is no shame in seeking assistance for mental health and there are many resources available to you. Fighting the stigma for mental health begins with each of us and the most important thing we can do for each other is check-in and listen without judgment.

Contact your local American Job Center for assistance with employment and transitions.  The state's American Job Centers offer a variety of services to assist veterans, transitioning military personnel and other qualified individuals. Priority of service is given to veterans and their eligible spouses who meet certain eligibility requirements.

Veterans Crisis Line available 24/7 and completely confidential

800-273-8255 and press 1.  Text now to 838255. 

Maryland Commitment To Veterans

Veterans can also get support through Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans (MCV).  Resource coordinators work with veterans and family members to access essential services through the VA system or private providers. These services can include crisis intervention, emergency services, substance misuse, family & group counseling, and other behavioral health services. 

In addition, the program works with veterans who are ineligible for VA services, assisting them in getting their behavioral health needs met. 

Call the toll-free number at 1-877-770-4801. 

VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Guidebook