Caring for Veterans

AAPA's Caring for Veterans and Military Families Initiative endeavors to bring awareness to all PAs so that they can provide the military and veteran communities the care and support they need. This dedicated webpage has been created to provide resources for PAs to utilize in caring for veterans and their families/caregivers; disseminate information related to new research around veterans health; and highlight the work of PAs who are serving our nation's heroes.

CME and other educational and clinical practice resources 

Support for veterans 

Support for military families and caregivers 

Job and educational resources for veterans 

PAs Supporting Veterans 

Joining Forces Initiative 

CME and Other Educational and Clinical Practice Resources

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Support for Veterans

Suicide Prevention
Know the signs of suicide and provide support to veterans and active duty military members! The U.S. Department of Defense released a study indicating that 95 percent of its participants who had initially attempted suicide because they wanted to die later recognized that they had actually wanted to escape emotional pain.

Ask – Don’t just ask about if someone is thinking of suicide – also ask about sleep disturbances, alcohol use, hopelessness, depression, anxiety or panic; if they have activities they enjoy and look forward to; and ask about access to firearms and other lethal means.
Care – Listen, offer hope, and don’t judge.
Escort – Take action, don’t leave the person alone, and escort them to assistance.

The Military/Veterans Crisis Line provides immediate attention at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Press 1  


 Other Resources for Veteran Support 

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Military Program 


Real Warriors Campaign   


Citizen Soldier Support Program (CSSP)  

Military Pathways 


After Deployment Wellness Resources 


TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors)    

1-800-959-TAPS (8277) 


Print out awareness posters to display in your practice 



Give an Hour 


 Accelerated Resolution Therapy (for PTSD)


Locate VA medical centers and community-based outreach clinics 


Military One Source    

Army Soldier for Life  


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Support for Military Families and Caregivers

Elizabeth Dole Foundation 

Download the Foundation's brochure 

RAND report: Military Caregivers: Cornerstones of Support for Our Nationa's Wounded, Ill, and Injured Veterans 


Blue Star Families 


No Greater Sacrifice 

Military One Source 1-800-342-9647 

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Job and Educational Resources for Veterans

Recognizing that well-being is more than just physical health, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Support program has discussed the "Model of Excellence" as the necessary trinity for military veterans to successfully reintegrate into society. This includes access to healthcare, employment and education. PAs can support the total wellness of military veterans by providing resources for employment and education in addition to being their healthcare provider. The Physician Assistant Education Association has resources for military veterans who may be interested in applying to a physician assistant program.The Joining Forces Campaign website provides employment resources for military veterans. Other sources are Vetsuccess and Military OneSource.

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PAs Supporting Veterans

Read about the Horse Rhythm Foundation — a national nonprofit organization founded and run by physician assistants to support veterans and their families.

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The Joining Forces Initiative




AAPA is a partner in the Joining Forces Initiative.  

Message from the director of physician assistant services at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)


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