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Information For Family and Friends

Family members and friends play a critical role in a Veteran's life, especially during difficult times. Whatever issues you and your loved one may be dealing with, and however long they've been going on, you are not alone. Support is available every day to Veterans, Service members, and their families and friends to help them connect with resources for managing life's challenges and finding solutions that improve their lives.

Family and Relationships

Relationships have a major impact on life. If you are dealing with family and relationship challenges, there are services and resources for Veterans that can help. It can get better.

Transitioning from Service

Adjusting from military service to civilian life can be both exciting and challenging. There are steps you can take and resources available to help you make the transition a success.

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Death of Family or Friends

There are services for you if you find grief over the death of a friend or family member is interfering with your relationships, work, physical health, or ability to get through the day.

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Flashbacks

Flashbacks — the feeling of reliving a traumatic experience — can be disturbing, but you don’t have to let them interfere with your life. There are resources for helping Veterans overcome flashbacks and get their lives on a better track.

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PTSD

PTSD may develop as a result of traumatic events. Treatment works and can help you deal with PTSD symptoms.

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Resources for Family and Friends

Coaching Into Care – This VA program provides guidance for helping family members encourage their Veterans to get on a better track. Free, confidential assistance is available by calling 1-888-823-7458 or emailing CoachingIntoCare@va.govhttp://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/

VA Caregiver Support – The VA Caregiver Support Program offers training, educational resources, and a variety of tools to help you succeed. Call the Caregiver Support Line at 855–260–3274 for advice on being a caregiver. https://www.caregiver.va.gov/

National Center for PTSD: Help for Family and Friends – The National Center for PTSD provides information about the effects of Veterans’ trauma on their families, children, relationships, and communities, as well as resources and support to help Veterans and their family members and friends to respond and cope with those effects. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/family/resources_family_friends.asp