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Veteran Finds Healing in Being True to Who You Are

“It really feels good when you finally figure out how to be your authentic self,” says Penn, a transgender Navy Veteran who found that suppressing one’s identity negatively affects mental health. Counseling helped Penn become a calmer and more content person.

3-minute read

Coming Out to Your Health Care Provider, Family and Relationships, Anger and Irritability, Problems with Alcohol

Kelly’s Message to Veterans: “Tomorrow’s Another Day”

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 read

Depression, Stress and Anxiety, Military Sexual Trauma, Anger and Irritability

To Help Other Veterans, He Also Needed To Help Himself

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 read

PTSD, Anger and Irritability

For These Married Veterans, Mental Health Is a Team Effort

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 read

Family and Relationships, PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, Suicide, Problems with Alcohol, Anger and Irritability

When These Veterans Needed Answers, Therapy Helped Give Them

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 read

PTSD, Family and Relationships, Anger and Irritability, Military Sexual Trauma

Veteran’s Treatment Opens Up “Whole New Life”

Bill, a U.S. Army Veteran, waited 25 years to seek help with anger issues that stemmed from his wartime experiences. The treatment has now paid off for more than two decades.

4-minute read

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

Marine Combat Veteran Felt Lost Before Finding His Purpose

Sam came home from serving in the Marines feeling lost. Therapy helped him process his traumatic combat experiences and grief. Finding his new purpose as a teacher and mentor also helped him heal.

3-minute read

Suicide, Anger and Irritability, Transitioning From Service, Feelings of Hopelessness, Depression

Talking Helped Army National Guard Veteran Heal After MST

After years of silence, this National Guard Veteran found healing in giving voice to her experience of military sexual trauma.

4-minute read

Military Sexual Trauma, Depression, Trouble Sleeping, Anger and Irritability

Veterans Connected by Experiences With Mental Health Care

This Mental Health Month, Veterans describe how mental health care changed their lives. Their feelings of hope and lightness are shared by many other Veterans.

3-minute read

Suicide, Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD, Anger and Irritability, Problems with Alcohol

Family and Mental Health Support Help Army Veteran After TBI

After shock waves from mortar blasts in Iraq left him with a traumatic brain injury, this Army Veteran found the support he needed to navigate his new life.

4-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Physical Injury, Transitioning From Service

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

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

Supporting MST Survivors

These Veterans say finding their community of support allowed them to really start healing from the many ways MST affected their well-being.

3-minute read

Military Sexual Trauma, Depression, Anger and Irritability

Veterans on Managing Anger

Veterans whose lives were affected by anger explain how they felt and what helped.

2-minute read

Anger and Irritability, PTSD, Depression

Hope Heals

Through Veterans Treatment Court, Ray was ordered into mental health treatment. That’s when the Veteran’s life started to change.

3-minute read

Anger and Irritability, PTSD, Problems with Alcohol

Healing To Live; Living To Heal

After Navy service, Aaron purposely pulled away from his loved ones, thinking he was protecting himself emotionally. Then he reached a new conclusion: He had to start living to start healing.

2-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Nightmares, Transitioning From Service

Jersey Jeanne Was Down — Not Out

After Jeanne broke her back while serving in the U.S. Air Force, she dealt with years of physical and mental health issues. The mysterious cause and effects of Jeanne’s career-ending injury left her searching for answers before she was diagnosed at VA.

2-minute read

Physical Injury, Anger and Irritability, Stress and Anxiety

Losses Led to Recovery

While serving in the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, Daniel turned to drugs and alcohol after the suicide of his best friend. Several years later, it was the death of another loved one that moved Daniel to regain control of his life.

4-minute read

PTSD, Problems with Drugs, Anger and Irritability

A Military Family’s Story of Support

Hear stories from a Veteran’s family about how shared experiences helped them learn to support each other in seeking mental health treatment.

3-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Problems with Alcohol, PTSD

Help for Handling the Holidays

Be mindful of year-end holiday parties, outings, and traditions and the stress they may bring to your Veteran loved one.

3-minute read

Depression, Problems with Alcohol, Anger and Irritability

Veteran’s Long-Buried Trauma Was Triggered on 9/11

Within weeks of returning home from Vietnam, Don got on with his civilian life, blocking out the trauma he experienced during the war. For more than 30 years, he buried his pain and anguish. Then came 9/11, and the memories it triggered forced Don to face his past.

4-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Depression, Trouble Sleeping

Stay Safe and Connected

When physically distancing from others, it’s important to prevent social isolation from setting in. In fact, during these stressful times, it may be more important than ever to connect emotionally with others and practice various methods of self-care to support your mental health.

2-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Jobs and Employment, Family and Relationships, Trouble Sleeping, Nightmares, Stress and Anxiety

“Don’t Give Up”

The continued support of her son has helped Agatha, a U.S. Army Veteran, address the anxiety she has faced since leaving military service.

4-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service, Depression, Problems with Alcohol

Living With Chronic Pain

Marie faced chronic pain after serving in the U.S. Army and deploying to Iraq. Through group therapy at VA, she learned she wasn’t alone.

3-minute read

Anger and Irritability, PTSD, Trouble Sleeping, Depression, Nightmares

Healing Together

Honesty, openness, and a willingness to seek help: that’s what saved Vanessa’s marriage to Robert, a U.S. Navy Veteran who experienced the effects of military sexual trauma for more than 40 years.

4-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Family and Relationships, Military Sexual Trauma

My Story, My Connection: Healing, Decades Later

Rick, a U.S. Army Veteran, finds support decades after serving in Vietnam.

2-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Family and Relationships

After a Stranger Stepped In to Help, Ryan Discovered a New Path

Ryan, an Army Veteran, had been homeless for six months and was battling PTSD when a stranger took him in. He’s since earned two degrees and started a new career in massage therapy.

6-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Homelessness

A Vietnam Veteran Finds Strength in Group Therapy

Rick, a Vietnam War Veteran, buried the trauma of war for decades.

5-minute read

Anger and Irritability, PTSD