Active and retired members of the armed forces do not necessarily have to go through the VA to get assistance for PTSD and other related issues.
US Department of Veterans Affairs
To speak confidentially with a Vet Center Counselor at any time around the clock call:
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD:
1-800-273-8255 PRESS 1
Confidential Chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net or text to 838255