For many reasons, about half of all veterans do NOT go to the VA for treatment or even file for compensation.
In fact, in many of our colleges in California, half the veteran students don’t even take government money to pay for their education.
We have Good News for all you vets who do Not want to have anything to do with the government, As Well As all you NON-Vets, who need help and want to find local community services, whether free or paid.
If you click on any topic on our Self-Help page, toward the bottom you will find a list of Non-Government articles and service providers in your area.
Non-VA LOCAL HELP
Know A Vet? presents this information and these national resource directories, not as a recommendation of any specific service or provider, but as a starting point for your own research.
Please feel free to use the check sheets Before, During and After the Medical Appointment at https://www.knowavet.org/before-during-and-after-a-medical-appointment/and Choosing a Medical Service Provider, at https://www.knowavet.org/choosing-a-medical-service-provider/, to help you in your search for the best help for your individual circumstances.
In addition, there may be other federal, state and local government or private resources for your individual needs. A VSO counselor https://www.knowavet.org/office-of-vet-services/ may be able to help you find them.
While we strongly urge you to take advantage of all you have earned through your service, we understand there are many reasons why you may prefer non-VA service providers. Here are some places to start: