[Podcast] #111 Benefits Breakdown – VetChange App


Drinking can be a concern for many people. Veterans can fall into behavior of using alcohol to cope with emotional distress following a deployment or transition out of the military. For some, the volume drinking turns from moderate to heavy, and the body starts to show signs of wear.

VA created VetChange to help Veterans monitor their drinking and take control. VetChange is a free, confidential online program to help Veterans cut back or stop drinking, and learn to manage PTSD symptoms without using alcohol. Based on scientific research, VetChange helps you build skills to better manage your drinking and other problems Veterans can experience after deployment, including symptoms of PTSD. Set your own goals. Learn at your own pace. Check your own progress over time and adjust your personal plan for change — with VetChange, you’re in the driver’s seat.

Monica Roy, who is the Program Manager for Substance Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program and Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program at VA Boston Healthcare System’s Jamaica Plain Campus. She served as a subject matter expert for the development of the VetChange App. She joins us on this episode to explain how VetChange came to be and how it benefits Veterans.

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. Mikel Edward Coated    

    Ok the new bill on Medical treatment has been signed so how long before vets can go to of the private facilities and get treatment. Especially prostrate cancer and robotics.

  2. Charles ray hampton    

    Well after 49 yrs Agent orange strikes me VA want recognize it bladder cancer I was sprayed in nam my siblings all ten of them no cancer I’m the only boy out of seven that served that should tell something I served my country it’s time to admit your bad mistake and take care of us Vietnam combat vet 1969 -1970 I have pic of planes spraying us it driped off are ponchos

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