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Finding Her Direction

September 15, 2022 | 4-minute read

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.

August 30, 2022 | 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.

August 16, 2022 | 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.

August 04, 2022 | 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.

July 21, 2022 | 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.

July 07, 2022 | 3-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Stress and Anxiety, Feeling on Edge

LGBTQ+ Veterans Encourage Openness

Four Veterans discuss their experiences as LGBTQ+ Service members and how their lives changed when they could open up about their sexual orientation or gender identity.

June 23, 2022 | 2-minute read

Coming Out to Your Health Care Provider, Stress and Anxiety, Depression

Stop the Free Fall

A new public service announcement from Make the Connection reminds Veterans that resources and support can help them navigate life’s challenges.

June 09, 2022 | 1-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Feelings of Hopelessness, Flashbacks

Support Comes In Many Forms

Family members, friends, fellow Veterans, clergy members, co-workers, and counselors can all provide support to Veterans going through a tough time. But no matter who provides it, one thing is clear: Everybody needs support at some time. During Mental Health Month and all year round, learn how seeking support from many sources helped these Veterans work through their mental health challenges.

May 19, 2022 | 4-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Depression

More Than Mental Health

Three Veterans talk about the surprising ways their lives changed as they started managing their mental health symptoms. Learn what these Veterans Know during Mental Health Month and all year round.

May 05, 2022 | 4-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Problems with Alcohol, Stress and Anxiety