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Learn more and watch videos of Veterans sharing their experiences with physical injury and what they did to get on a path to recovery.

Veteran Pays It Forward After Substance Misuse Treatment

After experiencing decades of despair and drug misuse, Kevin found treatments that empowered him to rebuild his life and relationships. He also found a new purpose: helping other Veterans with substance use disorder navigate their obstacles to recovery.

4-minute read

Problems with Drugs, Physical Injury, Homelessness, Feelings of Hopelessness, Family and Relationships

Iraq War Veteran With PTSD Finds His Own Path to Peace

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 read

PTSD, Problems with Alcohol, Physical Injury, Student Veterans, Family and Relationships

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

Marine Veteran Is Nurtured by Nature After Injury

Mother Nature and therapy returned what an injury stole from this Veteran: her identity, her self-esteem and her independence.

3-minute read

Physical Injury, PTSD, Stress and Anxiety

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

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

Veteran’s PTSD Treatment Led Him To Help Others

Seeking and finding the right treatment for ADHD and PTSD helped Jordan, an Army combat Veteran, process the trauma he had tried to forget. Then the former medic found meaning in helping fellow Veterans manage their challenges.

4-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Physical Injury

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

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

Better Together

Hear how this Veteran couple restored their mental health and their marriage through treatment.

2-minute read

Family and Relationships, Physical Injury, Problems with Drugs

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

A Purple Heart Recipient’s Story of Strength

“I had a new purpose in life — and that was to give back.” Hear the inspiring story of Ed, a U.S. Army Veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

4-minute read

PTSD, Physical Injury

“She Lost Her Legs, Too, That Day”

A Marine Veteran and his wife navigate life and parenthood after his injury from an IED blast in Afghanistan.

6-minute read

Family and Relationships, Physical Injury

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

4 Powerful Stories of Purple Heart Recipients

Hear the inspiring stories of four recipients of the Purple Heart.

6-minute read

PTSD, Physical Injury

Four Stories That Will Inspire You This Mental Health Awareness Month

Servicemembers continue to inspire us after their military service. Read four inspiring stories of Veterans who overcame challenges such as PTSD and problems with drugs.

6-minute read

PTSD, Problems with Drugs, Physical Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, Flashbacks, Transitioning From Service