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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

After Sexual Assault, Army Veteran Finds Her Path to Healing

For many years, Bennie felt she couldn’t talk about the sexual assault that forced her out of the Army and left her feeling devastated. But when she was ready, she found personalized care from VA that fit her specific needs and helped her manage her panic attacks, migraines, and other symptoms.

3-minute read

Military Sexual Trauma, Nightmares

When Sleep Is Stressful, Not Restful

Troubled sleep stemming from insomnia, nightmares or restlessness can be the cause or the effect of a mental health challenge, as these three Veterans learned.

4-minute read

Trouble Sleeping, Nightmares, Stress and Anxiety, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury

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

Trauma, Transitioning and Treatment

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 read

Nightmares, Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trouble Sleeping, 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

Turning Pain Into Prose

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 read

PTSD, Family and Relationships, Nightmares

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

Helping Hands

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 read

PTSD, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Nightmares, Homelessness

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

Having Trouble Sleeping?   

Learn about how deployment schedules, trauma, and other challenges can impact Veterans’ sleep cycles and cause physical and mental health issues.

3-minute read

Trouble Sleeping, Nightmares

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