The following are opinions from Neil Lichtman – Founder of KAV. They should be considered as the thoughts of one person, who is NOT a medical or mental health professional.

If you are feeling like you want to hurt yourself or someone else, PLEASE call 911 NOW

or For Free HELP NOW Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press 1,

or Veterans Crisis online chat,

or text Veterans Crisis Line 838255, RIGHT NOW.

A caring person will listen to you, right away. There are better ways!


The term “Mental Health” is a huge tent covering a wide variety of topics. Probably the most important thing to remember is that everyone needs help at some time and most of us need help lots of times throughout our complicated lives.

When we are under stress, it is very hard to think through our good options. Sometimes we just see the problems and no good solutions.

Whether it’s talking things out with a friend or doing the same with someone on a hotline, it’s all about helping you work through things, so that you feel better now, and have a plan for feeling even better in the future.

As you have noticed, this site is mostly for self-help and referrals. We also offer a Champion to anyone who would like help getting started or figuring out what to do first with all the sometimes-overwhelming information in here.  Just click and someone will get in touch shortly.  Not as a medical, legal or financial professional, but as a buddy who has experience with the options and can help you make your own decision, based on your own priorities, as to what is best for you, when and how.

To make it easy to get to our mental health topics, please print our Self-Help page to use as a check sheet to find help for the multiple issues you face.  We are human, so we are complex and usually have several things going on in, or interfering with our lives, at the same time.

Please use the Comments Form to let us know if the site is helpful to you and what we can do to improve it.






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Other Resources

In addition to the above, there may be additional Federal, State and Local Government resources for you.  Your counselor, especially if s/he is a VSO counselor should be able to able to help you find them.
Learn more about what it feels like to live a better life.  Go to our "Self-Help page" to begin to explore other issues that can bring you All The Way Home.
Be sure to check out the "Claims and Appeals" topic to maximize your compensation and benefits for yourself and your loved ones.
It's your turn to get your best life back! You EARNED it with your service!