Getting Your Life Back
Melissa deployed twice, was shot at, and saw friends become injured at the hands of enemy forces. When she came home, she had to readjust to being with her family again—a task that was harder than she anticipated. She also found she had changed and preferred to be isolated most of the time. Find out how she reached out to the VA and got help.
Check the VA on Adjustment Issues page for complete descriptions, with answers to questions like:
- What is an adjustment disorder?
- What are the signs of an adjustment disorder?
- What can I do if I think I have an adjustment disorder?
More Information About Flashbacks
Learn more about what you can do if you are experiencing specific concerns related to flashbacks, the VA, such as stress and anxiety, feeling on edge, posttraumatic stress, and effects of military sexual trauma.
National Center for PTSD: The National Center for PTSD website provides information, resources, and practical advice for Veterans, their family and friends, and the public when dealing with trauma.
After Deployment: The After Deployment Organization website has wellness resources for Veterans and Service Members, including information and self-help tools for posttraumatic stress and other issues they commonly experience.
Moving Forward: Overcoming Life’s Challenges: Moving Forward is a free online educational and life-coaching program from the VA, that teaches problem-solving skills to help you better handle life’s challenges. While it’s designed to be especially helpful for Veterans, Service Members, and their families, Moving Forward teaches skills that can be useful to anyone with stressful problems.
Vet Center: If you are a combat Veteran, you can bring your DD214 to your local Vet Center and speak with a counselor or therapist — many of whom are Veterans themselves — for free, without an appointment, and regardless of your enrollment status with VA. In addition, any Veteran who was sexually traumatized while serving in the military is eligible to receive counseling regardless of gender or era of service. You may also want to visit KAV’s pages on Vet Centers and Veterans Services Offices.
VA Medical Center Facility Locator: Flashbacks may be related to other health conditions that need attention. VA provides world-class health care to eligible Veterans. Most Veterans qualify for cost-free health care services, although some Veterans must pay modest copays for health care or prescriptions. Explore your eligibility for health care using VA’sHealth benefits eligibility tool and find out more about the treatment options available to you and go to the VA directory to find an office near you.
Learn More – Get More
Learn more about what it feels like to live your best life. Go to our Self Help page to explore other issues that can bring you “All The Way Home.”
Also, check out the Claims and Appeals topic to maximize compensation and benefits for yourself AND your loved ones.
It’s your turn to get your best life back! You EARNED it with your service!