Veteran Crisis Line

Available 24/7:
Dial 988 then Press 1, chat live, or text 838255.

Supporting our service veterans and their families will always be a pillar of focus for Operation Recovery. 

We assist by offering support in various areas of community building, health & wellness, and connecting veterans to valuable resources after service.

We started our “Surf Fire” program in 2022, and we’ve been connecting veterans and their families with the opportunity to surf together, followed by a community fire and meal. Our feedback has been overwhelmingly positive—everyone wants more of these events!

That’s because they’re not just fun; they’re building a community of veterans and local leaders mentoring one another to excel in all areas of life.

Program Goals

Get veterans together and build camaraderie and community

Veteran participants of our events regularly comment that they “cannot remember the last time they…”… spent social time with other veterans, learned something new, felt connected with others, had so much fun, and also how they can’t wait to do it again. The most important factor contributing to veterans' physical and mental health is a sense of community and belonging. We know that being part of a supportive, veteran community helps you to feel connected, less isolated, and more empowered to make healthy choices. As a result, our focus on creating opportunities for a social gathering is based on research showing its positive impact on well-being.

Promote a “forward thinking” mindset

Social gatherings are a great way to get together with friends, exchange ideas, and make plans. Meetings can also be a powerful tool for growth and change. We are all about supporting veterans seeking new life directions after leaving the military. By creating a forum where veterans can meet and discuss their experiences, we help them create a new cycle of growth that leads to long-term change.

Linking veterans with opportunities after service

In conjunction with the last two goals, by creating a community of like-minded individuals and bringing together veteran-owned businesses and veterans, we seek to foster those connections and give purpose to our community social events.

The truth is, once their time in the service is over, too many Veterans struggle with the return to civilian life.  They suffer difficulty connecting to a community that lacks similar life experiences.  Their daily structure, comradery and support systems are not as easily accessible. They often find themselves isolated, adrift and unable to cope with day-to-day life alone.

Veterans are some of America’s greatest assets. They bravely put their lives on the line to protect our country, often at great personal expense.  Veterans have earned the respect and admiration of all Americans. 

Operation Recovery’s veteran initiative goal is to create a veteran community and resource point whose mission is to improve our hero veterans’ health, wellness, and social and emotional well-being. That goal includes creating a warm, welcoming, and safe community where veterans can connect, build camaraderie, and dialogue, share experiences, offer support and encouragement, and contribute to meaningful change. Operation Recovery seeks to enhance awareness around veterans’ issues such as mental health challenges, physical health challenges, and substance use disorders.

Resources For Veterans

Online Trainings/Courses**


  • Sanvello  
  • Breethe
    • Available for Apple; free, with the option to upgrade via subscription 
  • PTSD Coach
    • Available for Apple and Android, with additional resources online; free 
  • MoodMission 
    • Available for Apple and Android; $4.99 or $7.99 subscription 
  • Headspace
    • Available for Apple and Android; $12.99/month or $69.99/year 
  • Calm
    • Available for Apple, Android, and desktop; free to download with some free content 

 1 Please be aware that each app has different policies regarding the storage and use of your personal data.  


1 This is a foundational work in the field of resiliency, and has been recommended by multiple #AfghanEvac members! 

AE Resilience Resources: Hotlines and Chats**

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline
    • Website 
    • Chat 
    • Call: 1-800-273-8255 (veterans should select option 1) 
      → Effective July 16, 2022, anyone can access the hotline by dialing 988 
    • Text: 838255
  • Project Refit 
    • Website (with a chat option) 
    • Group sessions (every Monday and Friday, with private sessions on Wednesdays) 
  • Headstrong 
  • Crisis Text Line 
    • Website 
    • Text: HOME to 741741 (will connect you to a crisis counselor) 
  • George W. Bush Institute’s Veterans Wellness Alliance 
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Helpline 
  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Hotline 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness 


** [Indicates #AfghanEvac resources – For more information and additional resources #AfghanEvac website.]

International Resources

Updated: 30 AUG 2022

24/7 Crisis Resources & Tools