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As Rhode Island Veterans, we are a community of fighters, families, and friends. Together, we find strength—helping our buddies, ourselves, and our loved ones secure the support we deserve. If you’re a Veteran looking for assistance—or know someone who is—a wide range of services are now available, from peer counseling to support with health, housing, employment, and much more. Check out the list of resources below.

The Samaritans

The mission of The Samaritans is to help reduce the incidents of suicide in Rhode Island through greater access to information and resources. To achieve this mission, The Samaritans recognizes that suicide prevention is a process involving many community resources. As an agency that is not a licensed healthcare facility, The Samaritans believes its role within the suicide prevention process works best when volunteers, those left behind by suicide, and other volunteer and professional stakeholders step forward. Visit

401-272-4044 or 800-365-4044

Vet Center

The Vet Center offers confidential help for Veterans, service members, and their families at no cost in a non-medical setting. Services include counseling for needs such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the psychological effects of military sexual trauma. The Vet Center can also connect you with more support in VA and your community. It is located in Warwick, RI. Visit the Vet Center website.

988/Veterans Crisis Line

If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide; experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis; or are in emotional distress, you can call or text 988 or chat with 988 at Trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 to listen, support, and help.

Dial 988, then press 1 for the Veterans Crisis Line. The Veterans Crisis Line offers 24/7, confidential crisis support for Veterans and their loves ones. Visit to learn more.

Peer-to-peer drop-in support groups for Veterans and Active Duty Military

Evidence-based, free-flow conversation to assist each other with building life skills such as leadership skills, conflict management, self-control, and effective communication. Offered by Newport County Mental Health.

  • Spousal and Family Support Group- Drop in group in support of spouses and family member of Veterans and active-duty military. Every Tuesday, 127 Johnny Cake Hill Rd., Middletown, RI 02842, 11:00AM- 12:00PM
  • Peer to peer drop in group for Veterans and active-duty military. Every Thursday, 127 Johnny Cake Hill Rd., Middletown, RI 02842, 1:00PM-2:00PM

Rhode Island Office of Veterans Services

Fill out the intake form to request help with benefits eligibility, claims assistance, discharge paperwork, and connection with the case management team. Visit the Rhode Island Office of Veterans Services website.

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island

Operation Stand Down is Rhode Island’s primary nonprofit resource for homeless and at-risk veterans, which strengthens the community by providing crucial wraparound services.Visit Operation Stand Down Rhode Island website.

BH Link

BH Link is a 24-hour crisis center and support line where anyone can get help. Visit BH Link website.


Warriors Stick Together: About the SSG Fox Program

The Veterans Administration (VA) has awarded funding to Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) from the Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program (SSG Fox SPGP).  Created to support community-based suicide prevention efforts to meet the needs of Veterans, active duty service members, and their families, SSG Fox referrals can include income assistance, education services, employment assistance, help applying for VA benefits, mental/behavioral healthcare, healthcare, transportation, and more.

Are you a Veteran or Active Duty Service Member needing assistance connecting to services?

Fill out the interest form below and a case manager will reach out to see if you are eligible.