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Veteran Support Program

Nearly one third of CBP’s workforce are veterans, so CBP considers veteran issues, CBP issues. This significant veteran workforce is invaluable to our agency, bringing a unique skillset, knowledge base and sense of camaraderie to our mission.

Veteran Support Program LogoThe Veteran Support Program (VSP) helps our veterans' shoulder their difficult and often silent burdens by guiding them to the help and benefits afforded them by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as a result of their service sacrifice to our nation. It offers guidance on topics such as veteran and federal employment benefits, and the mental, physical and emotional health resources available through federal, state and local entities. 

Frontline Article: CBP Resiliency - How One Veteran's Efforts Became an Agency-Wide Program

The VSP Helps CBP Veterans Navigate

  • "Buying Back Time" from your military service
  • The myraid of VA claims and benefit forms
  • Disability claims
  • Counseling support
  • Education benefits

For more information, send an email to cbpvsp@cbp.dhs.gov.

Relevant Veteran Statistics*

  • There are approximately 20 million veterans in the United States
  • 20-22 a day complete suicide, while 30% - 40% disclose they have considered suicide
  • Nearly 30% of CBP's workforce are veterans
  • 8% have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • For those with PTSD, the likelihood of alcohol or prescription drug abuse, domestic violence, clinical depression or weapons-related offenses increases 3-5 times
  • About 50% of those diagnosed with PTSD don't seek treatment
  • 78% admit being unaware of their Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits
  • With over 500 forms in the VA archive, many are confused on how to complete paperwork
  • Veterans receiving VHA care from 2005 - 2016, experienced a decreased suicide rate

*Source statistics: Rand.org, IAVA.org and VA.gov

CBP Veteran Testimonials

“I am now receiving VA benefits for the rest of my life because of the support I received from the VSP.”

“I feared one day I would become a statistic, until I had an encounter with the VSP.”

Last modified: 
September 14, 2020