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Families Can Spot Signs of Veterans’ Mental Health Concerns

Family members and friends are often the first to see anger, isolation and other signs that a Veteran may be experiencing a mental health challenge.

4-minute read

Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service, Spread the Word

After a Wake-Up Call, a Navy Veteran Confronts His PTSD

Joey, a Navy Veteran, knew he needed help managing his PTSD symptoms when he saw fear in his 3-year-old son’s eyes.

3-minute read

Family and Relationships, Anger and Irritability

After Treatment for Substance Misuse, a Veteran Gains a Sense of Purpose

A Veteran shares his story of substance use disorder, treatment and finding his place in the world after the Army.

4-minute read

Stress and Anxiety, Problems with Alcohol, Homelessness, Financial and Legal Issues

Veterans on Managing Change and Anxiety

Two women Veterans suggest that confronting past trauma can help ease the anxiety associated with change and uncertainty.

3-minute read

Stress and Anxiety, Student Veterans, Transitioning From Service

Enduring Harassment, Confronting Pain and Finding Support: A Veteran’s Experience

Shirley, an Army and Navy Veteran, hid her experiences of sexual harassment and assault attempts for years. But after seeking treatment for a physical health concern, she also found mental health support that addressed painful memories and helped her find herself again.

3-minute read

Military Sexual Trauma, Stress and Anxiety, Transitioning From Service, Trouble Sleeping

A Vietnam Veteran’s Journey: Retirement, Depression, Therapy and a New Life

Transitioning from the Navy into a politically divided world was not easy for Michael. He shares his story of experiencing depression and isolation after serving in Vietnam and then finding a new perspective that helped him create a life he loves.

3-minute read

Family and Relationships, Depression, Transitioning From Service

Care for Women Veterans Helps Reservist After Injury, PTSD and More

Years after a training injury, followed by posttraumatic stress disorder and other challenges, Brenda finds the support she needs through care specifically made to help women Veterans.

3-minute read

PTSD, Nightmares, Physical Injury, Jobs and Employment, Financial and Legal Issues

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