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 a similar condition.
You Can Get Through This With Fellow Veterans
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 Department of Veterans Affairs maintains a webpage called Make the Connection. On this 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 and information on how to deal with specific life events an experiences.
- Check in with your regional VA office. They may have specific groups of veterans that meet regularly and welcome new members.
- Talk to your doctor or spiritual advisor. Your doctor or spiritual advisor may be able to point you to groups in your area that could help you.
It’s important for veterans to understand that they don’t have to face post-military life alone. In addition to seeking out support from other veterans, the veterans’ disability attorneys at Morgan & Weisbrod offer private, no-cost consultations to Texas veterans trying to obtain disability benefits. Connect with us to learn more.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.