At the end of his third combat tour in Vietnam, Sarge knew something wasn’t right. The Army Veteran started having frightening and severe memory issues. Then came problems sleeping and holding down a job, followed by reckless behavior and rage. Sarge’s mother took him to a VA hospital where she told the staff, “This isn’t even the guy we sent to Vietnam.”
Sarge is one of many Veterans featured in VA’s Veterans Know campaign this Mental Health Month. Through firsthand accounts of mental health journeys — from Veterans, for Veterans — the Veterans Know campaign demonstrates that treatment and support can help Veterans live a healthier life.
At MakeTheConnection.net/MHM, Veterans share their stories and offer their fellow Veterans simple messages of encouragement. They also demonstrate that healing doesn’t look the same for everyone. Sarge’s healing journey included writing but there are many paths that Veterans can take toward improving their mental health.
“I’m going to find a way to get better.”
For Christina, an Air Force Veteran and survivor of military sexual trauma, her journey toward coping with anxiety and anger included connecting with a therapist and cognitive behavioral therapy. “I’m worth it,” she says. “And I’m going to find a way to get better.”
In May, visit MakeTheConnection.net/MHM to learn what Veterans Know and hear inspirational ideas to keep in mind, such as:
- It can get better.
- Connection is key.
- Barriers can be broken.
- Support helps with healing.
- It’s never too late to start healing.
This Mental Health Month and throughout the year, Veterans and those who care about them are encouraged to visit MakeTheConnection.net and learn about mental health and healing from Veterans who know because they’ve been there.