Kelly, a U.S. Navy Veteran who became a farmer after her service, turned to mental health care to harvest new hope for herself after trauma. Now she strives to plant the seeds for a better life for other Veterans and for youth in her community.
3-minute readDepression, Stress and Anxiety, Military Sexual Trauma, Anger and Irritability
Michael’s Marine Corps service inspired him to devote himself to connecting other Veterans with support. Michael soon realized that to encourage Veterans to get mental health care and to enhance his own life, he needed to practice what he preached by treating his mental health challenges too.
2-minute readPTSD, Anger and Irritability
Addressing mental health challenges can open up new opportunities in family relationships, career pursuits, community connections and more. Veterans Tom, Michelle and Tony share the ways they blossomed after they sought treatment.
4-minute readTransitioning From Service, PTSD, Family and Relationships, Military Sexual Trauma, Trouble Sleeping, Depression, Stress and Anxiety, Problems with Alcohol
Drug and alcohol misuse and untreated symptoms of PTSD caught up to Rick when he was arrested after an incident at his home on Christmas Eve. This was the moment that prompted him to seek the treatment that turned his life around.
3-minute readProblems with Drugs, Problems with Alcohol, Financial and Legal Issues, PTSD, Transitioning From Service
Mike and Valerie faced different challenges following their military service. But they share a commitment to work through those challenges with mental health treatment, therapeutic activities and mutual support.
5-minute readFamily and Relationships, PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, Suicide, Problems with Alcohol, Anger and Irritability
This Air Force Veteran, who survived a terrorist bombing at her barracks, says requesting mental health care from women providers made it less intimidating to seek support through VA, enabling her to get the help she needed.
5-minute readFamily and Relationships, PTSD, Transitioning From Service
Four U.S. Army Veterans share how their decision to ask for mental health support helped them identify the true source of their challenges and unlock their full potential.
2-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships, Anger and Irritability, Military Sexual Trauma
Feeling hopeless is a symptom of depression, not a reflection of reality. Two Veterans explain how they overcame hopelessness and found support and treatments that turned their lives around.
4-minute readDepression, Feelings of Hopelessness, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Problems with Alcohol
These Veterans took different paths after military service, but they arrived at the same destination: becoming part of a community and helping fellow Veterans. Hear their stories in the newly released Season Two of the Make the Connection: Real Veterans. Real Stories. podcast.
4-minute readTransitioning From Service, Student Veterans, Financial and Legal Issues, PTSD, Jobs and Employment, Problems with Alcohol, Homelessness, Family and Relationships