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Veteran Well-Being



As veterans, how we adjust to thriving as civilians can be affected by a number of factors. The duration of our careers, the amount of comradery and institutional support we’ve previously experienced, and whether we saw combat can color how we navigate a world whose culture can feel both familiar and foreign. If we saw combat, our minds and bodies have frequently experienced extremes that few others can understand and may affect us for a lifetime. If we had negative experiences or feel betrayed by the institutions that were supposed to protect us, we can feel even more isolated and at sea as we do the work of all veterans rebuilding our sense of purpose, community, and identity. But the truth is we’re not alone, and there are many whose focus is on helping us achieve our fullest well-being.

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How to Successfully Transition from Military to Civilian Life | Brian O’Connor | TEDxOakland

Through his talk, Brian candidly shares tips and tricks on how to successfully transition from military to civilian life. Mr.

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A Dog Called Hope

A decade ago, special forces warrior Jason Morgan parachuted into the Central American jungle on an antinarcotics raid. He’d served with the famous Night Stalkers on countless such missions. This one was different. Months later, he regained consciousness in a U.S.

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‘A Way to Talk About It’

A veteran turned to art to try to heal his trauma. There he found solace and meaning. Now he helps others.

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Veterans Come Home To Civilian Life

We spoke with veterans about the difficulty of leaving their military “families” and returning to civilian life.

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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding—“tribes.” This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

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How veterans’ struggles can lead to post-traumatic growth

In the wake of repeated deployments, visible and invisible injuries, and repeated disconnection, our service members and their families are struggling ― struggling to be well, to connect, to feel, to adjust and to stay together.

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Why Homecoming Can Be Particularly Hard for Female Veterans

In the return to civilian life, many women find that veteran services fall short of their needs. Unemployment rates for female veterans are higher than for other women, as well as for male veterans. Female veterans are at least twice as likely to be homeless than women who haven’t worn a uniform.

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Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War

War touches us all―leaving visible and invisible wounds on the warriors who fight, disrupting their families and communities, and leaving lasting imprints on our national psyche.

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Veterans Can Now Identify as Transgender, Nonbinary on VA Medical Records

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough announced Wednesday that his department added the options of transgender male, transgender female, nonbinary and other, when veterans select their gender, in medical records and healthcare documentation.

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Home Base’s Resilient Warrior Class

A discussion of the Resilient Warrior course offered to veterans, which uses mind-body techniques in order to increase resilience to stress and find positive ways to cope with difficult emotions and situations.

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