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Mental Health Care Options Give Veterans Many Ways To Heal

The stories that Ryan, Greg, and Bridget are sharing for Mental Health Month show there are many treatment paths Veterans can take to reach the same destination: enjoying a fuller life.

3-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Traumatic Brain Injury, Physical Injury, Flashbacks, Depression, Nightmares

Mental Health Care Inspires Veterans To Embrace New Passions

This Mental Health Month, learn how some Veterans pursued treatment that helped them empower their recovery, manage their symptoms, embrace their passions, and improve their lives.

5-minute read

Transitioning From Service, PTSD, Family and Relationships, Stress and Anxiety, Depression, Problems with Alcohol

“Do Not Shy Away From Those Difficult Conversations”

How do you persuade a Veteran in your life to seek help for mental health challenges? First, you have to begin the conversation. Members from three Veteran families share what they learned about initiative and persistence in encouraging loved ones to seek and continue treatment — and how their efforts were rewarded.

5-minute read

Family and Relationships, PTSD, Stress and Anxiety, Depression, Trouble Sleeping, Physical Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury

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

Mental Health Treatment Gives These Veterans a New Start

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 read

Transitioning From Service, PTSD, Family and Relationships, Military Sexual Trauma, Trouble Sleeping, Depression, Stress and Anxiety, Problems with Alcohol

Depression Is a Treatable Condition

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 read

Depression, Feelings of Hopelessness, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, 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

Veteran Finds Fulfilling Life After Cancer Diagnosis

This Marine Veteran survived cancer, homelessness and isolation with the help of therapy, community and fencing.

4-minute read

Physical Injury, Homelessness, Problems with Drugs, Depression

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

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

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

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.

2-minute read

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

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.

4-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Depression

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

Veterans Discuss Isolation

These Veterans learned that isolation can be the cause or the result of physical and mental health conditions. They describe how it felt to be isolated, how it affected their lives, and what they did to start feeling better.

3-minute read

Family and Relationships, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Finding Direction Despite Difficulties

Alcohol use, stress, a major combat injury, and depression after his service in the Marine Corps led Marcus to ask for support. Through therapies and treatments, he learned that his experiences, no matter how bad they seemed, could help him become a better person.

3-minute read

Problems with Alcohol, Physical Injury, Depression

Retirement Readiness

Retirement can bring unexpected emotional pitfalls. Learn what to look out for from other Veterans who have been there before and find advice to enjoy the retirement you’ve earned.

6-minute read

Retirement and Aging, Transitioning From Service, Depression

Seeing the Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder can lead to intense swings in mood and energy. The condition can be managed with treatment.

6-minute read

Bipolar Disorder, Feelings of Hopelessness, Depression

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

What Does “Treatment” Mean for You?

For a Veteran facing a mental health challenge, the term “treatment” can mean counseling, medication, self-help approaches, peer support services, or some combination of those options.

4-minute read

Trouble Sleeping, Depression, Problems with Drugs

From Ship to Shelter

Learn how Lidia, a U.S. Navy Veteran, overcame homelessness with the help of VA’s programs and resources.

3-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Depression, Homelessness

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

The Power of Purpose and Laughter

After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Susan faced depression and PTSD. She found comfort and a new sense of purpose on the stand-up comedy stage.

5-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Depression

Torn Between Worlds

Some Veterans experience trauma over and over because sudden flashbacks won't let them leave the past in the past.

5-minute read

PTSD, Flashbacks, Transitioning From Service, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Small Steps Lead to Big Strides

It can feel daunting to start a conversation or take a first step toward helping a loved one who’s facing a mental health challenge. Family members of Veterans share their stories and the lessons they’ve learned about making a difference.

4-minute read

Problems with Drugs, Depression

During the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, Bridge the Distance With Online Mental Health Resources

There is a wealth of online mental health resources for Veterans and their families and friends to connect socially while maintaining physical distance, including smartphone apps, telehealth care, stories, and videos. Learn about the many services that meet your needs.

3-minute read

Spread the Word, Depression

“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

These Post-9/11 Women Veterans Open Up About Their Mental Health Journeys

Women Veterans share the challenges of living with depression and anxiety after leaving the service — and the support they’ve found to overcome these issues.

3-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

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

Stay Active After Active Duty

Hear some Veterans describe how recreational activities enhance their mental well-being — and their lives.

3-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Therapy Helped Me Become a Stronger Person

Pauline, a U.S. Army Veteran, overcame hearing loss and abusive relationships to give back to her fellow Veterans.

3-minute read

Depression, Noise or Light Irritation

Positive Change Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be a powerful treatment option for Veterans managing challenges like PTSD, depression, anxiety, and drug problems.

3-minute read

PTSD, Depression

When the Walls Come Down

Years after serving as a public affairs officer, Amber began to face panic attacks, depression, and more.

4-minute read

Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Coping With Survivor Guilt

Hear from Veterans who have experienced survivor guilt, and learn how to cope with feelings of guilt and grief.

3-minute read


Depression: By the Numbers

Depression statistics help paint a picture of the condition — the prevalence, the symptoms, the path forward — both in America and worldwide.

3-minute read


Honoring Vietnam Veterans

This Vietnam Veterans Day, we welcome home and honor the service and profound sacrifices of those who fought or served during the Vietnam War.

2-minute read

PTSD, Depression

Signs of Depression

Intense sadness, hopelessness, and irritability: Learn more about the warning signs and symptoms of depression.

3-minute read


Marine Veteran. Paralympic Athlete. Mountain Climber.

Kionte woke up every morning with the same question: “Why am I still alive?”

3-minute read

Physical Injury, Depression

Overcoming PTSD: 3 Vietnam War Veterans’ Stories

These stories highlight how symptoms of PTSD affected three Vietnam Veterans years after the war — and how these Veterans found support for their mental health challenges.

6-minute read

PTSD, Depression, Nightmares