Recently I had the privilege to tour the Buffalo VA Medical Center, and talk with some of the amazing folks who make all of the wonderful services at the VA possible.

The key takeaway I had was that any and all veterans should apply at the VA, because chances are you will be eligible for their services and benefits. If you enlisted any time after 1980 and meet the minimum duty requirements, you should definitely apply at the VA to see what they can do for you. That includes any active duty in the military, naval or air service, and extends to the Reserves or National Guard who were called up to active duty.

We encourage any and all veterans to apply either by visiting the VA, calling 716-834-9200 (or the 800 number at 800-532-8387) or visiting the VA website at Buffalo.VA.gov.

I sat down with one of their support specialists, Brian, to talk about some of the conditions that returning veterans may deal with and how the VA offers extensive support for those who need help coping, dealing with stress or are considering taking their own lives.

If you are a veteran in need of immediate or long-term help coping with stress or are considering taking your own life, we urge you to call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 or visit www.veteranscrisisline.net to live chat with someone right now. There are so many wonderful people like Brian who can help you no matter what you're going through.