Topic: “Transitioning From Service”

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

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

Steps for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

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 read

Transitioning From Service, Trouble Sleeping, Feeling on Edge, Problems with Alcohol

Support for Women Veterans

“For You,” a new PSA from Make the Connection, highlights the challenges that women Veterans may face as mothers, wives, daughters, and friends.

June 05, 2020 | 2-minute read

Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service, Stress and Anxiety

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

“Don’t Give Up”

The continued support of her son has helped Agatha, a U.S. Army Veteran, address the anxiety she has faced since leaving military service.

April 23, 2020 | 4-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service, Depression, Problems with Alcohol

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

"They Didn’t Understand Why We Were Never There"

After returning home from her deployment, Nicole began to understand its effects on her children.

April 23, 2020 | 3-minute read

Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service

These Post-9/11 Women Veterans Open Up About Their Mental Health Journeys

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 read

Transitioning From Service, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

One Veteran Continues To “Adapt and Overcome” After Military Service

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 read

Jobs and Employment, Transitioning From Service, Trouble Sleeping, Problems with Alcohol

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

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: Support Networks

We recently sat down with Steven and Moses, two Iraq War Veterans, to discuss their transition from service, mental health challenges and resources, and how to find a network of support.

November 29, 2018 | 2-minute read

Transitioning From Service

Veterans on Finding Purpose After Service

Getting out of the military and returning to civilian life can present both opportunities and challenges.

October 29, 2018 | 1-minute read

Transitioning From Service

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

5 Sources of Support, Right in Front of You

Mental health support can come in many forms. Whether it is counseling, medication, or other types of support, there are many paths to a stronger you.

May 14, 2018 | 6-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Spirituality

Women Veterans: A Legacy of Service

During Women’s History Month, we honor the important role women Veterans play in our military and in communities across the country.

March 12, 2018 | 3-minute read

Transitioning From Service

Strength in Numbers: Lessons Learned in Veterans Group Therapy

Learn about how group therapy can help Veterans cope with mental health issues and difficult transitions from military service.

February 21, 2018 | 3-minute read

Transitioning From Service

Finding New Purpose After the Military

Veterans talk about how they adjusted to civilian life and found purpose after the military.

January 09, 2018 | 5-minute read

Transitioning From Service

“I Never Realized That I Needed Help Too.”

For the National Day of the Deployed, Military Spouses Share Their Stories

October 25, 2017 | 5-minute read

Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service

Back to School: Pursuing College After the Military

Learn how you can pursue higher education after returning home from military service.

September 11, 2017 | 3-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Student Veterans

What to Do After the Military?

What’s the next step after the military? How do skills from your service translate to qualifications for a new career or a civilian or government job? Here are a few tips.

July 13, 2017 | 4-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Retirement and Aging

This Military Couple Stood Side by Side

Veteran couples can face a unique challenge: How do I manage my own mental health while also supporting my partner? Read this military couple’s story.

June 22, 2017 | 3-minute read

Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service

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