Veteran & First Responder Resources

Navigating life as a veteran or first responder comes with unique challenges. At Ron Meyers and Associates, we understand the intricacies of your journey, and we are here to provide tailored support and resources to address your specific needs.

Whether you’re facing injuries, grappling with mental health concerns, or dealing with issues related to neglect or abuse, our dedicated team is committed to guiding you through these challenging situations. We recognize the sacrifices you’ve made for our community, and now it’s our turn to serve you.

Based in Olympia, Washington, we have deep roots in our local veteran and first responder community. We’ve painstakingly curated a comprehensive set of resources specifically designed to assist individuals like you. Our resources include crisis hotlines, specialized local organizations, government agencies, and more, all aimed at ensuring you have access to the precise information and support you need.

At Ron Meyers and Associates, we firmly believe in equipping veterans and first responders with knowledge so they can make well-informed decisions and achieve the best possible outcomes. Let us stand beside you on your legal journey, offering our care, expertise, and unwavering dedication at every step.

Explore our specialized resources for veterans and first responders, and allow us to be your steadfast support system during these challenging times. Your well-being and peace of mind are our top priorities.

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Veteran Health Resources

  • Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties: Provides 24/7 crisis intervention, emotional support, and referrals. Phone: 360-586-2800 or 1-800-627-2211 (toll-free). Website: https://crisis-clinic.org/
  • VA Puget Sound Health Care System: Offers comprehensive mental health services, including suicide prevention and counseling, for veterans. Phone: 800-273-8255, Press 1. Website: https://www.pugetsound.va.gov/
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: A national network of local crisis centers providing free and confidential support 24/7 to individuals in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Phone: 1-800-273-8255 (toll-free). Website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
  • Crisis Text Line: A free, 24/7 crisis support line via text message. Text “HELLO” to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Website: https://www.crisistextline.org/
  • Thurston County Veterans Assistance Fund: Provides emergency financial assistance for veterans and their families. Phone: 360-867-2600. Website: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/departments/public-health-and-social-services/social-services/veterans-assistance
  • NAMI Thurston-Mason: A local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness that offers support groups, educational programs, and resources for individuals and families affected by mental health conditions. Phone: 360-493-6021. Website: https://www.namitm.org/
  • Behavioral Health Resources (BHR): Provides crisis assessment and stabilization services for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Phone: 360-704-7170. Website: http://www.bhr.org/need-help-now/
  • Crisis Connections: Offers a comprehensive range of crisis services, including a 24-hour crisis helpline, support groups, and crisis intervention. Phone: 866-427-4747. Website: https://www.crisisconnections.org/
  • Veterans Crisis Line: Connects veterans and their loved ones with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders. Phone: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1. Website: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
  • Providence St. Peter Hospital Behavioral Health Services: Provides inpatient and outpatient mental health services, including crisis intervention and psychiatric care. Phone: 360-493-5240. Website: https://www.providence.org/services/mental-health

Resources for Retired Military Personnel Dealing with PTSD or Other Medical Issues:

  • VA Puget Sound Health Care System: Provides comprehensive healthcare services for veterans, including mental health care, PTSD treatment, and medical support for various conditions. Phone: 1-800-329-8387. Website: https://www.pugetsound.va.gov/
  • Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs: Offers resources, benefits, and assistance for veterans in Washington State. They can provide information on healthcare options, mental health support, and other services. Phone: 1-800-562-2308. Website: https://www.dva.wa.gov/
  • Washington State Department of Health – Military and Veterans Health: Provides information and resources for military and veteran health issues. They can help connect retired military personnel with appropriate medical services and support. Phone: 360-236-4700. Website: https://doh.wa.gov/licenses-permits-and-certificates/professions-new-renew-or-update/military-resources
  • Wounded Warrior Project: A national organization that offers a variety of programs and resources to support wounded and injured veterans, including those with PTSD and medical issues. They provide mental health support, physical rehabilitation, and other services. Phone: 1-877-832-6997. Website: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV) – Tacoma Chapter 1: DAV provides support and advocacy for disabled veterans. They can offer assistance in accessing healthcare benefits, filing disability claims, and connecting with local resources. Phone: 253-582-6341. Website: https://www.davtacoma.org/
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Thurston-Mason: A local affiliate of NAMI that offers support groups, educational programs, and resources for individuals and families affected by mental health conditions, including veterans with PTSD. Phone: 360-493-6021. Website: https://www.namitm.org/
  • Veterans Crisis Line: Connects veterans in crisis and their loved ones with qualified, caring responders from the Department of Veterans Affairs. It offers 24/7 support and resources. Phone: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1. Website: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
  • Thurston County Veterans Assistance Fund: Provides emergency financial assistance for veterans and their families in Thurston County. They may offer support for medical needs and other essential expenses. Phone: 360-867-2600. Website: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/departments/public-health-and-social-services/social-services/veterans-assistance
  • American Legion – Department of Washington: The American Legion offers various programs and services for veterans, including those with medical issues. They can provide support and resources specific to retired military personnel. Phone: 1-800-827-1000. Website: https://walegion.org/
  • Disabled Veterans of America – Washington State Department: DAV offers support for disabled veterans, including assistance with medical issues and benefits. They can provide guidance and advocacy. Phone: 1-877-426-2838. Website: https://www.dva.wa.gov/
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Firefighter Physical and Mental Health Resources:

  • Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF): Represents firefighters in Washington State and offers resources for firefighter health and wellness. They provide information on physical and mental health support services. Phone: 1-800-227-4679. Website: https://www.wscff.org/
  • Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: Offers resources and support for workplace safety and workers’ compensation for firefighters. They can provide information on injury reporting, claims, and access to medical care. Phone: 1-800-423-7233. Website: https://www.lni.wa.gov/
  • Washington State Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF): LEOFF provides pension benefits and support to retired firefighters and police officers in Washington. They may have resources and programs addressing PTSD and cancer-related issues. Website: https://www.drs.wa.gov/plan/
  • Washington State Firefighters’ Association (WSFFA): Provides resources and support for firefighters in Washington. They may offer information on firefighter health programs, mental health resources, and other services. Phone: 1-877-267-2333. Website: https://www.wsffa.org/
  • Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties: Provides 24/7 crisis intervention, emotional support, and referrals. They can assist with mental health concerns and connect firefighters with appropriate resources. Phone: 360-586-2800 or 1-800-627-2211 (toll-free). Website: https://crisis-clinic.org/
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: A national network of local crisis centers providing free and confidential support 24/7 to individuals in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Phone: 1-800-273-8255 (toll-free). Website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic – Providence St. Peter Hospital: Provides medical services and support for occupational health issues, including those related to firefighters. They can address physical health concerns and offer specialized care. Phone: 360-493-4440. Website: https://www.providence.org/services/occupational-health
  • Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA): A national organization dedicated to providing behavioral health resources, training, and support for firefighters and their families. They offer information on mental health awareness and resources specific to firefighters. Phone: 1-855-889-2372. Website: https://www.ffbha.org/
  • Local Fire Department Resources: Reach out to your local fire department to inquire about any available resources, support programs, or counseling services they may provide for firefighters’ physical and mental health. They may have additional resources and guidance specific to the Olympia area.

Resources for First Responders Dealing with PTSD or Other Medical Issues:

  • The Wounded Blue: A national assistance and support organization specifically for injured and disabled law enforcement officers. They provide resources, counseling, and advocacy for officers dealing with PTSD and other challenges. Website: https://www.thewoundedblue.org/
  • Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission: Provides resources, training, and support for law enforcement officers in Washington State. They may have information and programs addressing PTSD and cancer among first responders. Website: https://www.cjtc.wa.gov/
  • Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: Offers services and resources for injured and ill workers, including first responders. They provide information on workers’ compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and support for individuals dealing with cancer and PTSD. Website: https://www.lni.wa.gov/
  • Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System: Although primarily focused on veterans, the VA may offer resources and support for first responders as well. They provide mental health services, including PTSD treatment, and cancer care. Phone: 1-800-329-8387. Website: https://www.pugetsound.va.gov/
  • Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF): Represents firefighters in Washington State and may have resources or programs addressing PTSD and cancer-related issues. They advocate for the health and well-being of firefighters. Website: https://www.wscff.org/
  • Peer Support Programs: Many local fire and police departments have peer support programs in place to provide emotional and mental health support for their personnel. Reach out to the respective departments in the Olympia area to inquire about available resources and programs.
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