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"They Didn’t Understand Why We Were Never There"

APRIL 23, 2020 | 3-minute read

Take the First Step Toward a Healthier Life

These Veterans had different reasons for seeking help, but the result was the same: After they took the first step on their mental health journey, their lives improved.

April 23, 2020 | 5-minute read

Jobs and Employment, PTSD, Transitioning From Service

Learn How Veterans Got Back on Track

Maybe you don’t connect with your therapist in your first appointment. Maybe the treatment doesn’t make a noticeable impact right off the bat. Or, maybe you feel like you’re taking all the right steps, but nothing’s changing.

April 23, 2020 | 4-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Stress and Anxiety

Small Steps Lead to Big Strides

It can feel daunting to start a conversation or take a first step toward helping a loved one who’s facing a mental health challenge. Family members of Veterans share their stories and the lessons they’ve learned about making a difference.

April 23, 2020 | 4-minute read

Problems with Drugs, Depression

“Don’t Give Up”

The continued support of her son has helped Agatha, a U.S. Army Veteran, address the anxiety she has faced since leaving military service.

April 23, 2020 | 4-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service, Depression, Problems with Alcohol

During the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, Bridge the Distance With Online Mental Health Resources

There is a wealth of online mental health resources for Veterans and their families and friends to connect socially while maintaining physical distance, including smartphone apps, telehealth care, stories, and videos. Learn about the many services that meet your needs.

April 23, 2020 | 3-minute read

Spread the Word, Depression

Helping Hands

Serving as a Navy Seabee, Phillip escaped certain death when an unseen hand rescued him from a mudslide in Honduras. A decade later, when he found himself mired in PTSD, anger, aggression, and drug use, it was VA that pulled him up. Now, Phillip is a state-certified peer specialist, offering a helping hand to other Veterans in crisis.

April 10, 2020 | 5-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Nightmares, Homelessness

These Post-9/11 Women Veterans Open Up About Their Mental Health Journeys

Women Veterans share the challenges of living with depression and anxiety after leaving the service — and the support they’ve found to overcome these issues.

March 20, 2020 | 3-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

One Veteran Continues To “Adapt and Overcome” After Military Service

After leaving the Army, Jesse spent two years drinking alcohol to forget his experience in Iraq. When his drinking cost him a job, he realized he wasn’t the person he wanted to be. That’s when his military training took over.

March 6, 2020 | 4-minute read

Jobs and Employment, Transitioning From Service, Trouble Sleeping, Problems with Alcohol

Living With Chronic Pain

Marie faced chronic pain after serving in the U.S. Army and deploying to Iraq. Through group therapy at VA, she learned she wasn’t alone.

February 21, 2020 | 3-minute read

Anger and Irritability, PTSD, Trouble Sleeping, Depression, Nightmares

Healing Together

Honesty, openness, and a willingness to seek help: that’s what saved Vanessa’s marriage to Robert, a U.S. Navy Veteran who experienced the effects of military sexual trauma for more than 40 years.

February 3, 2020 | 4-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Family and Relationships, Military Sexual Trauma

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