You are not alone. A lot of veterans cope with some degree of isolation in the months after being discharged, especially when mental health issues like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression surface. Because conditions of this nature have been intensely stigmatized in the past, many veterans will be reluctant to seek help until they’ve met someone who is also dealing with one.
Fortunately, you seem to be aware that making a few good social connections will help with both your outlook and your recovery process. Here are a few ways you can connect with other veterans in Texas, and around the country:
- Search for veterans’ communities on social networking sites. Google+, Facebook, and LinkedIn all have resources to help veterans connect. All it will cost you is the time it takes to make an account.
- The VA recently launched a campaign called Make the Connection. At the website, you can search for stories on veterans who’ve been in situations similar to your own. You’ll also find support and resources page where you can search for Texas Vet Centers and events.
- Check in with your regional VA office.
It’s important for veterans to understand that they don’t have to face post-military life alone. The Houston veterans’ disability attorneys at Morgan & Weisbrod offer private, no-cost consultations to Texas veterans trying to obtain disability benefits. Call us toll-free at 877-898-1581to learn more.