Topic: “Family and Relationships”
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
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 readAnger and Irritability, Family and Relationships, PTSD, Problems with Alcohol
VA counseling helped Duane change his mindset about who he was and what he could achieve, empowering him to discover a new sense of purpose in the fashion industry.
3-minute readPTSD, Problems with Alcohol, Physical Injury, Student Veterans, Family and Relationships
For many Veterans, an open conversation about mental health with a loved one makes it easier to address mental health challenges in therapy.
5-minute readFamily and Relationships, Trouble Sleeping, Feeling on Edge, Military Sexual Trauma
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 readFamily and Relationships, Transitioning From Service, Spread the Word
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 readFamily and Relationships, Anger and Irritability
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 readFamily and Relationships, Depression, Transitioning From Service
“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 readAnger and Irritability, Nightmares, Problems with Alcohol, Family and Relationships
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 readProblems with Drugs, Depression, Family and Relationships, Homelessness
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.
4-minute readNightmares, Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trouble Sleeping, Problems with Alcohol
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 readFamily and Relationships, Depression, Stress and Anxiety
When Sarge returned from three combat tours in Vietnam, his waking hours were punctuated by bouts of hypervigilance and rage, and his sleep was fraught with nightmares. As part of his healing process, Sarge started writing down the thoughts that were too hard to voice. His words became poems, then music, and then his salvation.
3-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships, Nightmares
Nick and Felicia’s whirlwind romance was affected by the aftermath of his multiple combat deployments, PTSD, suicide attempts, and alcohol use. But instead of giving up, Felicia summoned her strength and told Nick he had to get help. Her support saved his life.
3-minute readProblems with Alcohol, PTSD, Family and Relationships
As a U.S. Army Veteran, the wife of an Army Veteran, and the mother of a fallen Soldier, Lauri has experienced military life in a way that few others have. Now, she works directly with Veterans and their families as a county Veteran Service Officer, and her life experience earns her clients’ trust right away.
3-minute readTransitioning From Service, Retirement and Aging, Family and Relationships
A deployment with the Army in Afghanistan that led to a long separation from her toddler daughter left Nicole depressed and hypervigilant. After getting the treatment she needed at VA for adjustment disorder and PTSD, Nicole learned that she had the inner strength and resources to seek help again whenever she might need it.
3-minute readPTSD, Feeling on Edge, Family and Relationships
Survivors of military sexual trauma can face a range of challenges, including substance misuse, feelings of depression, trouble sleeping, and more. But support for recovery is available.
5-minute readMilitary Sexual Trauma, Problems with Alcohol, Family and Relationships
After years of moving from place to place, Brian stopped trying to outrun his past. By learning how to manage his PTSD symptoms and live in the present, Brian set a path toward a better future — for himself and his family.
3-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service
Find resources to help Veterans cope with a drinking problem or maintain their sobriety around the holidays.
2-minute readProblems with Alcohol, Family and Relationships, Homelessness
When Drew, a U.S. Army Veteran, transitioned out of military service, he faced depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder, and he withdrew from his family and friends. Treatment helped him address these challenges, and a heartfelt conversation with his dad helped rebuild his family bonds.
5-minute readPTSD, Flashbacks, Family and Relationships
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 readAnger and Irritability, Jobs and Employment, Family and Relationships, Trouble Sleeping, Nightmares, Stress and Anxiety
Serving as a Navy Seabee, Phillip escaped certain death when an unseen hand rescued him from a mudslide in Honduras. A decade later, when he found himself mired in PTSD, anger, aggression, and drug use, it was VA that pulled him up. Now, Phillip is a state-certified peer specialist, offering a helping hand to other Veterans in crisis.
5-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Nightmares, Homelessness
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 readAnger and Irritability, Family and Relationships, Military Sexual Trauma
After his wife encouraged him to seek mental health support, Jeff, a U.S. Army Veteran, learned to confront his anger and other challenges with EMDR therapy and recreational therapy, including gymnastics and dance.
4-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships, Traumatic Brain Injury
“The Moment When,” Make the Connection’s latest public service announcement, encourages Vietnam Veterans to reach out for resources to help manage mental health challenges and reconnect with their families.
2-minute readFamily and Relationships, Retirement and Aging
Jennifer served for nearly 20 years in the U.S. Army and Reserve, but she faced her greatest challenge when she returned home. Hear how support through VA TeleMental Health services helped her overcome depression.
3-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships
Finding the right therapist is an important step in your path to mental health recovery.
3-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships
“What does mental health mean to you?” That’s what we asked a group of Veterans and their family members. Their answers ranged from strengthening relationships to focusing on self-care, highlighting many things that are possible through mental health treatment.
2-minute readFamily and Relationships
May is Mental Health Month. Discover simple actions to support a loved one’s mental health or improve your own well-being.
3-minute readFamily and Relationships
Military spouse Tass discusses her experience in helping to identify and manage her husband’s PTSD.
4-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships
Navy Veterans from three generations talk about their stories of mental health challenges and recovery.
4-minute readFamily and Relationships, Problems with Alcohol
Military couple and Make the Connection participants Hector and Trista make a lasting impact on the lives of Veterans in Minnesota and beyond.
4-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships, Military Sexual Trauma
Hear how Josh, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, learned to manage his PTSD triggers after service in an Iraq combat zone.
3-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships
Use your voice to change how people think about mental health — to show Veterans and our country that any of us could one day face a mental health challenge, that treatment works, and that recovery is possible.
3-minute readFamily and Relationships, Spread the Word
The latest Make the Connection video, "Strength Over Silence," highlights stories of how Veterans used their voices and reached out for mental health treatment to improve their lives.
3-minute readJobs and Employment, PTSD, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Transitioning From Service, Trouble Sleeping
Bringing up mental health with a Veteran can be challenging, but there are VA mental health resources to help. Learn how to start the conversation about mental health.
6-minute readFamily and Relationships