Resources for Veterans and Military Families during a Government Shutdown

Veteran and military families may be concerned about the impacts of a government shutdown. Our Cohen Clinics remain open and committed to serving veterans, service members, and their families. Find your local Cohen Clinic.

Remember, in the veteran and military community, you are never alone. If you need support, reach out. There are a number of resources available right now:

Department of Veterans Affairs: Access health care, benefits, and memorial services from VA. 

This is how a government shutdown would affect VA:

Call 1-800-MyVA411 to get information on VA care, benefits and services 24/7. 

Military OneSource:  Service members and their immediate military family members can contact Military OneSource 24/7. Personal Financial Counselors and Military Family Life Counselor services will continue to provide career, financial and non-medical counseling. Call: 1-800-342-9647 or visit:

IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force (QRF) provides free, confidential, 24/7 peer support, remote care management and connections to quality resources for all veterans and family members. Call: 855-91-RAPID or visit

Financial Assistance:

Reach out to your Military Relief societies by branch:

Army Emergency Relief

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Air Force/ Space Force

Coast Guard

American Red Cross

Operation Homefront


Several banking institutions have been known to advance military pay to their customers during government shutdowns. Contact your bank to inquire about their policies.

Food Assistance: Contact your local foodbank. Feeding America has locations in many of our Cohen Clinic Communities

Childcare: Find local resources on childcare, health and social services, financial assistance, support for children with disabilities and more

Mental Health Support:

Veterans Crisis Line: If you are having thoughts of suicide, 988, PRESS 1 or visit:

Cohen Veterans Network: Our national network of military family clinics provides high-quality accessible mental health care to veterans, service members, and their families: 

Vet Centers: Call: 1-877-927-8387 or find one near you:

Warrior Wellness Alliance connects veterans with high-quality mental health care providers. Visit

CVN Tools For Stress & Worry is a free, self-paced online course developed by Cohen Veterans Network with support from Blue Star Families. It provides easy-to-use tools, strategies, & techniques and is accessible whenever / wherever families need to manage stress & worry. Get started at

Vets 4 Warriors: Vets4Warriors offers immediate, free, and long-term peer support through confidential phone, chat, text, and email conversations. Call: 1-855-838-8255 or visit: