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

Rebuilding Family Bonds

When Drew, a U.S. Army Veteran, transitioned out of military service, he faced depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder, and he withdrew from his family and friends. Treatment helped him address these challenges, and a heartfelt conversation with his dad helped rebuild his family bonds.

November 09, 2020 | 5-minute read

PTSD, Flashbacks, Family and Relationships

The Power of Purpose and Laughter

After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Susan faced depression and PTSD. She found comfort and a new sense of purpose on the stand-up comedy stage.

August 21, 2020 | 5-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Depression

Torn Between Worlds

Some Veterans experience trauma over and over because sudden flashbacks won't let them leave the past in the past.

August 10, 2020 | 5-minute read

PTSD, Flashbacks, Transitioning From Service, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Hiding Pain in Plain Sight

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 read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Suicide

Learn How Veterans Got Back on Track

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 read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Stress and Anxiety

Take the First Step Toward a Healthier Life

These Veterans had different reasons for seeking help, but the result was the same: After they took the first step on their mental health journey, their lives improved.

April 23, 2020 | 5-minute read

Jobs and Employment, PTSD, Transitioning From Service

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

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.

February 21, 2020 | 3-minute read

Anger and Irritability, PTSD, Trouble Sleeping, Depression, Nightmares

Stay Active After Active Duty

Hear some Veterans describe how recreational activities enhance their mental well-being — and their lives.

January 23, 2020 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

"There’s So Much Hope Out There"

Lucinda, a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, used alcohol to try to dull the pain after the death of her son. Through counseling, she’s found purpose and passion in her life again.

January 03, 2020 | 4-minute read

PTSD, Problems with Alcohol, Stress and Anxiety

An Army Infantryman’s Journey to Recovery

Hear how Tony, a U.S. Army infantryman, overcame problems with alcohol and PTSD with the support of his wife, Kacie.

December 19, 2019 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Problems with Alcohol

“If It Wasn’t for My Wife, I Wouldn’t Be Here”

After his wife encouraged him to seek mental health support, Jeff, a U.S. Army Veteran, learned to confront his anger and other challenges with EMDR therapy and recreational therapy, including gymnastics and dance.

October 29, 2019 | 4-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships, Traumatic Brain Injury

Healing Through the Power of Therapy and Art

Learn how Phyllis, a U.S. Navy Veteran, found ways to cope with her PTSD through therapy and expressing herself through her paintings.

October 15, 2019 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Flashbacks

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

PTSD Symptoms — in Veterans’ Words

Hear Veterans describe the symptoms of PTSD and discuss treatment options that help them cope.

June 24, 2019 | 3-minute read

PTSD

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

Technology Breaks Down Barriers to Treatment

Jennifer served for nearly 20 years in the U.S. Army and Reserve, but she faced her greatest challenge when she returned home. Hear how support through VA TeleMental Health services helped her overcome depression.

March 13, 2019 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships

Prolonged Exposure Therapy — In Veterans’ Words

Veterans describe how prolonged exposure therapy helped them overcome symptoms of PTSD.

March 05, 2019 | 2-minute read

PTSD

My Story, My Connection: True Partnership

Daniel and Sara, a military couple, stand by each other’s side to overcome problems with alcohol and a loss of identity.

January 07, 2019 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service

My Story, My Connection: A New Mission

Hear how Linda, who served as a combat trauma nurse in Iraq, reached out to overcome symptoms of PTSD.

November 07, 2018 | 2-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships

A Call to Service After 9/11

Nathan was compelled to serve his country in response to 9/11. Hear his story of strength and recovery.

September 11, 2018 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service

3 Things to Consider in Finding the Right Therapist

Finding the right therapist is an important step in your path to mental health recovery.

August 16, 2018 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships

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.

August 07, 2018 | 4-minute read

PTSD, Physical Injury

Positive Change Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be a powerful treatment option for Veterans managing challenges like PTSD, depression, anxiety, and drug problems.

July 20, 2018 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Depression

Q&A With Capt. Sullenberger on Mental Health

We spoke with Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, an Air Force Veteran, about his experience with mental health challenges, his work in the Veteran community, and what he hopes others take from his story.

May 22, 2018 | 4-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships

Mental Health Recovery: By the Numbers

These five numbers affirm what can be possible with mental health treatment — from scaling the highest summit in Antarctica to celebrating decades of marriage.

April 19, 2018 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships

Honoring Vietnam Veterans

This Vietnam Veterans Day, we welcome home and honor the service and profound sacrifices of those who fought or served during the Vietnam War.

March 28, 2018 | 2-minute read

PTSD, Depression

A Vietnam Veteran Finds Strength in Group Therapy

Rick, a Vietnam War Veteran, buried the trauma of war for decades.

January 24, 2018 | 5-minute read

Anger and Irritability, PTSD

Veterans on Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

Military Veterans explain how prolonged exposure therapy has helped them overcome symptoms of PTSD.

December 18, 2017 | 5-minute read

PTSD

PTSD: By the Numbers

Statistics help tell the story of PTSD.

December 14, 2017 | 3-minute read

PTSD

PTSD and Relationships: Supporting a Veteran Loved One

Military spouse Tass discusses her experience in helping to identify and manage her husband’s PTSD.

October 17, 2017 | 4-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships

How 4 Homeless Women Veterans Changed Their Lives

Hear women Veterans share their stories of homelessness and the assistance that helped them find housing.

September 28, 2017 | 5-minute read

PTSD, Homelessness

Still Supporting Veterans, a Half Million Video Views Later

Military couple and Make the Connection participants Hector and Trista make a lasting impact on the lives of Veterans in Minnesota and beyond.

September 20, 2017 | 4-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships, Military Sexual Trauma

A 9/11 First Responder Confronts Painful Memories

After two harrowing days of searching through rubble at the Pentagon, Cliff went home, took off his gear, and put it away in a box — along with his painful memories..

September 07, 2017 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Trouble Sleeping, Suicide

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.

August 16, 2017 | 6-minute read

PTSD, Depression, Nightmares

4 Powerful Stories of Purple Heart Recipients

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

August 07, 2017 | 6-minute read

PTSD, Physical Injury

This Marine Shares His Story to Help Other Veterans With PTSD

Hear how Josh, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, learned to manage his PTSD triggers after service in an Iraq combat zone.

June 22, 2017 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Family and Relationships

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

Five Ways You Can Support a Veteran Living With PTSD

If a Veteran loved one is living with PTSD, know that this condition can be treated. Learn about PTSD treatment options, mental health resources, and more.

March 28, 2017 | 6-minute read

PTSD