To show appreciation for veterans’ sacrifices and help them combat opioid addiction, Cigna recently announced a free national Veteran Support Line available 24/7/365 days a year. The new support line – 855.244.6211 – is for all veterans, their families and caregivers – whether or not the veteran is a Cigna customer.
The Veteran Support Line will help veterans with services and resources for pain management, substance use counseling and treatment, financial issues, food, clothing, housing, safety, transportation, parenting and child care, aging services, health insurance legal assistance and more.
In addition, to provide access to alternative therapies such as mindfulness, Cigna is now offering a weekly Mindfulness for Vets phone session for all veterans to help manage pain and stress. Mindfulness is an evidence-based therapy proven to have a positive impact on depression, stress, anxiety, performance, sleep, addiction, PTSD and more.
The Mindfulness for Vets program will be available every Tuesday at 5 p.m. Eastern time by calling 1.888.244.6260 and entering the passcode 536435. According to Karen Cierzan, vice president of clinical operations for Cigna’s behavioral health, this mindfulness group is designed exclusively for veterans to be “interactional, instructional and experiential.” At the end of the group session, if a participant would like to talk further with a coach, a direct number will be provided.
“Mindfulness for Vets will provide training in mindful stress management, acceptance and compassion. The group will encourage veterans to observe their thoughts, feelings and sensations in the present moment without judgment, and cultivate self-care,” Cierzan said.