Veterans: Hear stories of recovery

“Make the Connection” with Veterans like you


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It’s never too late to get help. For Coast Guard Veteran Don (above), manic episodes led to a confrontation with the police and, ultimately, jail time.

Stephen: “Sometimes you just need to find ways to move forward.”

“I haven’t had a manic episode since 2000. The VA has a lot of resources to keep you there, because the VA doesn’t want to lose you. They’ll do everything they can so you understand what your illness is all about and what you need to do to resume a normal life.”

Don found support from VA and has been managing bipolar disorder without a manic episode for more than 19 years. Hear his story.

When you transition from military service, many people – including your college professors – may not immediately understand the challenges you face. VA support helped Army Veteran Stephen seek treatment and advocate for himself to improve his college experience after he was diagnosed with PTSD. Hear his story.

Family members of Veterans share their stories.

Spouses, partners and family members discuss the challenges the Veterans in their lives experienced and speak to their shared journey of recovery in this video.

Self-help tools you can use to make progress toward recovery

No matter what you may be experiencing, there is support for getting your life on a better track. Many, many Veterans have found the strength to reach out and make the connection.

Being both mentally and physically healthy is essential to overall well-being. Recovering from a mental health challenge is a process that involves hope, action, problem-solving, and tapping into or building up your support system. Many people benefit from the support of a professional who can work closely with them in the recovery process.

There are also self-help tools available for managing symptoms and making progress toward recovery. Even seemingly small steps can help give you hope that things will get better.

When addressing a mental health challenge, you can take several practical steps to begin feeling better. There are also many resources available to support you in your recovery, including a variety of brief self-assessments.

Author

Hans Petersen

Hans Petersen is senior writer-editor for Digital Media, VHA Office of Communications. An Air Force Veteran, Hans also served two years in the Peace Corps and worked for 20 years in broadcasting before joining VA.