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
This Marine Veteran survived cancer, homelessness and isolation with the help of therapy, community and fencing.
4-minute readPhysical Injury, Homelessness, Problems with Drugs, Depression
A Veteran shares his story of substance use disorder, treatment and finding his place in the world after the Army.
4-minute readStress and Anxiety, Problems with Alcohol, Homelessness, Financial and Legal Issues
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
David largely ignored the emotional toll of his military service, but he could not ignore the loss of his older brother a short time after David transitioned out. Aimless and alone, David took a self-destructive path of drug and alcohol misuse and criminal behavior. In the court system, he found treatment for substance use disorder and a navigated a new path.
3-minute readProblems with Drugs, Homelessness, Financial and Legal Issues
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
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
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 readAnger and Irritability, Homelessness