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

Lost and Found

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.

April 21, 2022 | 3-minute read

Problems with Drugs, Homelessness, Financial and Legal Issues

Better Together

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

December 02, 2021 | 2-minute read

Family and Relationships, Physical Injury, Problems with Drugs

Losses Led to Recovery

While serving in the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, Daniel turned to drugs and alcohol after the suicide of his best friend. Several years later, it was the death of another loved one that moved Daniel to regain control of his life.

July 07, 2021 | 4-minute read

PTSD, Problems with Drugs, 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.

October 26, 2020 | 4-minute read

Trouble Sleeping, Depression, Problems with Drugs

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.

April 23, 2020 | 4-minute read

Problems with Drugs, Depression

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.

April 10, 2020 | 5-minute read

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

A Series of Chaotic Mistakes That Somehow Went Right

Rick, a U.S. Navy Veteran, overcame PTSD and problems with alcohol through cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, and more.

August 27, 2019 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Problems with Drugs, Problems with Alcohol

“I Did It. You Can Do It Too.”

La Wanda, a U.S. Navy Veteran, opens up about her journey through substance misuse and addiction to help other Veterans.

July 26, 2019 | 4-minute read

Problems with Drugs, Financial and Legal Issues

"He's My Best Friend Now"

Follow the journey of Ed and his daughter Jasmine — from his drug use and homelessness to one phone call that changed everything.

June 10, 2019 | 4-minute read

Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Homelessness

After Crashing, Stephen Found a Community

Stephen had substance use issues and posttraumatic stress disorder. Now a community of support is helping him follow his dream of working in the mental health field.

April 18, 2019 | 4-minute read

PTSD, Problems with Drugs

“Today, I Welcome the Day In”

Vernon, a U.S. Army Veteran, found support for coping with the effects of a traumatic training accident and problems with drugs.

April 05, 2019 | 3-minute read

Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs

Better, Together

Cheryl helps her partner, Jerry, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, overcome addictions.

January 31, 2018 | 5-minute read

Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs

In Search of Relief, Doug Found a New Problem: Addiction

Doug, a U.S. Army Veteran, battled addiction to opioids before finding help.

December 07, 2017 | 5-minute read

Problems with Drugs

Veterans: Choose Strength Over Silence

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.

May 10, 2017 | 3-minute read

Jobs and Employment, PTSD, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Transitioning From Service, Trouble Sleeping

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.

April 24, 2017 | 6-minute read

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