As many veterans return home from duty, they, as well as their families, are confronted with the debilitating effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, otherwise known as PTSD. Many veterans suffering from PTSD experience depression, irritability, and emotional detachment which can make transitioning into civilian life and connecting with others difficult, if not as times seem impossible.
However, the VA, as well as other military support organizations, has increased their efforts to offer support and treatment to veterans suffering from PTSD, as well as support and educational programs to their families. For those coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other psychological health issues caused by their time of service, there are a variety of tools, programs, and support available including:
- VA Specialized Care Programs
- The Defense Centers of Excellence Outreach Center
- Nationwide Care Coordination Network
- TRICARE Mental Health Resource Center
- The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- The Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Veteran Chat at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Service Dogs for Eligible PTSD Patients
As part of their increased efforts to battle the damaging effects of PTSD, the VA now offers PTSD treatment options as part of its health care benefits. These highly accessible free or low cost treatment programs are designed to help sufferers achieve confidence, stability, and normalcy during their transition into civilian life, and to promote PTSD education and awareness amongst families.
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