Veteran Helping Veteran: VA Launches Make the Connection

One veteran supporting another. It’s a powerful experience to witness. Whether it’s an Afghanistan combat veteran helping his buddy deal with post traumatic stress symptoms or a wounded Iraq veteran helping rebuild a Vietnam veteran’s home.

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Make the Connection” campaign uses  veterans stories to encourage other veterans to seek help and access resources. There are sections for veterans from all the services and eras of service, WWII through Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

There is information for family and friends as well as clinicians and active duty military. And the resources page offers a locator to find the nearest Vet Center, VA clinic or PTSD program.

For those who prefer a more private approach, there’s an online Self-Assessment for depression, post traumatic stress, alcohol and substance abuse.


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