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Finding Support From Fellow Veterans To Cope With Trauma

“I wish I would have done it sooner”: A Veteran’s story of seeking support from other Veterans and finding relief from memories of trauma.

4-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Nightmares, Problems with Alcohol, Family and Relationships

Anniversary Effect Recalls Valencia’s Trauma

For years after serving in the Navy, Valencia experienced the “anniversary effect,” which occurs when the date or even the season in which a trauma occurred triggers an unexpected emotional reaction — sometimes long after the event.

4-minute read

Feelings of Hopelessness, Feeling on Edge, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Veteran’s PTSD Treatment Led Him To Help Others

Seeking and finding the right treatment for ADHD and PTSD helped Jordan, an Army combat Veteran, process the trauma he had tried to forget. Then the former medic found meaning in helping fellow Veterans manage their challenges.

4-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Physical Injury

Finding Her Direction

Mary Ann’s focus on her children kept her motivated to seek and stick with VA treatment for substance use disorder and severe depression. The Navy Veteran found recovery, housing and a fulfilling job — all thanks to the treatment she had been avoiding for years.

4-minute read

Problems with Drugs, Depression, Family and Relationships, Homelessness

Managing the Pain

A 500-pound IED nearly destroyed Brandon’s spine and ultimately damaged his mental health. When the U.S. Army infantryman started isolating himself and slipped into depression, his wife and VA care team helped him recover.

3-minute read

Physical Injury, Transitioning From Service, Depression

Avoid a Transition Rut

Most Veterans go through some period of adjustment while transitioning out of military service. VA’s specialized resources can help them adapt to civilian life.

2-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Feeling on Edge

Next Mission: College

Stephen didn’t consider getting VA help with his transition out of the U.S. Army because he felt that other Veterans were more deserving of support. But when his adjustment to student life proved difficult, VA counselors gave Stephen the tools and resources he needed to succeed in his new mission.

3-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Flashbacks

Trauma, Transitioning and Treatment

Two Veterans discuss the traumas of their combat service in Iraq, the difficulties they faced when they transitioned out of the U.S. Army, and the therapies that worked for them.

4-minute read

Nightmares, Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trouble Sleeping, Problems with Alcohol

Managing Sensory Triggers

Three Veterans talk about the VA resources that taught them how to manage their sensory triggers.

3-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Stress and Anxiety, Feeling on Edge