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National Buddy Check Week

Talk to Ten Veterans, Be a Buddy! October 16-20, 2023

Take the pledge!

Why this matters to you

Buddy Check Week is a national campaign that encourages Veterans to connect or reconnect with their Veteran friends – just to check in. A STRONG Veterans Act of 2022 initiative, Buddy Check Week builds on the success of the American Legion’s Buddy Check program and the Veteran Wellness Alliance’s Get Involved program.

This page is for

  • All Veterans
  • Family members and caregivers
  • Veteran service organizations and accredited representatives

What you can do

Talk to Ten and Take the Training!

Buddy Check Week’s goal is to enhance peer-to-peer connections, improve mental health, and increase access to VA resources. Take the training before talking – recognize the signs of distress and learn about resources you can recommend to your buddy if needed.

Pledge 10

Take the Pledge to Talk to Ten

Sign up to reach out!

Take the Training

Take the Training!

Recognize signs of distress, respond with care and compassion.

Find a Buddy

Find Buddies!

Find Buddies you Served with on


More Buddy Resources

Learn more about Buddy Check programs from VA's partners.

American Legion

Buddy Check with the American Legion

During Buddy Check week, our goal is to reconnect with Veterans who may need assistance but don't know where to go or who to ask. It's what we do for our battle buddies. Join up and use the Legion's tools!

Veteran Check In

Veteran Wellness Alliance Check-In

The invisible wounds veterans, service members and their families face are real. Check-In makes it easy to connect with mental and brain health care professionals who understand what you’re going through.


Frequently asked questions

Absolutely! We've teamed up with the American Red Cross Military and Veteran Caregiver Network to bring resources to caregivers around Buddy Check Week. Visit to learn more.

Also - share this video from Melissa Comeau, Director of MVCN: MCVN Buddy Check Week - YouTube

Yes! We've teamed up with TAPS to bring resources to survivors of Veterans and their families. Learn more at:

Yes, this is the first of many National Buddy Check weeks. If you have any questions or ideas please reach out to us.

VA Benefits

Apply for VA health care, find out how to access services, and manage your health and benefits online.

File a claim for disability compensation for conditions related to your military service, and manage your benefits over time.