Topic: “Transitioning From Service”
Family members, friends, fellow Veterans, clergy members, co-workers, and counselors can all provide support to Veterans going through a tough time. But no matter who provides it, one thing is clear: Everybody needs support at some time. During Mental Health Month and all year round, learn how seeking support from many sources helped these Veterans work through their mental health challenges.
May 19, 2022 | 4-minute readPTSD, Transitioning From Service, Depression
Three Veterans talk about the surprising ways their lives changed as they started managing their mental health symptoms. Learn what these Veterans Know during Mental Health Month and all year round.
May 05, 2022 | 4-minute readTransitioning From Service, Problems with Alcohol, Stress and Anxiety
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.
February 17, 2022 | 2-minute readAnger and Irritability, Nightmares, Transitioning From Service
Kyle experienced PTSD after witnessing heavy combat casualties in Iraq, where he served as a Marine Corps field radio operator. His transition back into civilian life was rough and included a trip or two to jail and a couple of stays at psychiatric hospitals. Some caring Veterans intervened, urging him to get help at VA. That’s where Kyle learned how to manage his PTSD, and he now helps other Veterans find their footing.
January 27, 2022 | 2-minute readPTSD, Problems with Alcohol, Transitioning From Service
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.
August 05, 2021 | 3-minute readTransitioning From Service, Retirement and Aging, 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.
February 10, 2021 | 3-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service
Despite his many professional successes, Fred couldn’t outrun the survivor’s guilt he experienced after losing an air crew in a mission over Iraq. Therapy at VA, including EMDR treatment to reprocess his thoughts, allowed Fred to rediscover an emotion he didn’t realize he’d been missing.
July 24, 2020 | 2-minute readPTSD, Transitioning From Service, Suicide
Veterans’ sleep can be affected by traumatic experiences, a racing mind, or old military routines, but there are steps you can take to create a healthier sleep routine.
July 10, 2020 | 5-minute readTransitioning From Service, Trouble Sleeping, Feeling on Edge, Problems with Alcohol
Maybe you don’t connect with your therapist in your first appointment. Maybe the treatment doesn’t make a noticeable impact right off the bat. Or, maybe you feel like you’re taking all the right steps, but nothing’s changing.
April 23, 2020 | 4-minute readPTSD, Transitioning From Service, Stress and Anxiety
Women Veterans share the challenges of living with depression and anxiety after leaving the service — and the support they’ve found to overcome these issues.
March 20, 2020 | 3-minute readTransitioning From Service, Depression, Stress and Anxiety
After leaving the Army, Jesse spent two years drinking alcohol to forget his experience in Iraq. When his drinking cost him a job, he realized he wasn’t the person he wanted to be. That’s when his military training took over.
March 06, 2020 | 4-minute readJobs and Employment, Transitioning From Service, Trouble Sleeping, Problems with Alcohol
Learn about how group therapy can help Veterans cope with mental health issues and difficult transitions from military service.
February 21, 2018 | 3-minute readTransitioning From Service
Learn how you can pursue higher education after returning home from military service.
September 11, 2017 | 3-minute readTransitioning From Service, Student Veterans
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 readJobs and Employment, PTSD, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Transitioning From Service, Trouble Sleeping
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 readPTSD, Problems with Drugs, Physical Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, Flashbacks, Transitioning From Service