Family members and friends play a critical role in a Veteran’s life, especially during difficult times. Whatever issues you and your loved one may be dealing with, and however long they’ve been going on, you are not alone. Support is available every day to Veterans, Service members, and their families and friends to help them connect with resources for managing life’s challenges and finding solutions that improve their lives.

Reintegration into civilian life is hard. Going from a structured, supportive environment where everything is provided, and you know exactly what to do and what the rules are, to an non-supportive, competitive environment where there is little structure and lots of options, can be overwhelming.

How well and how fast a veteran recovers from seen and unseen wounds, depends greatly on whether s/he gets support from family, friends and professionals. Alternately, that support should not come at the expense of that family or friend’s own health and welfare.

Aside from this page, you might want to check out the following additional information:

Also, go to the Self-Help page, and check off the unresolved issues in your lives. The printout you get will tell you exactly where to get help, whether from the VA, other Federal, State or local government agencies OR from non-governmental, community resources.

Relationships have a major impact on life.

If you are dealing with family and relationship challenges, there are services and resources for You and your Veteran that can help. It can get better.

Unsure How To Connect Your Veteran With Support?

Resources for Family and Friends

Coaching Into Care – This VA program provides guidance for helping family members encourage their Veterans to get on a better track. Free, confidential assistance is available by calling 1-888-823-7458 or emailing [email protected].

VA Caregiver Support – The VA Caregiver Support Program offers training, educational resources, and a variety of tools to help you succeed. Call the Caregiver Support Line at 855–260–3274 for advice on being a caregiver.

National Center for PTSD: Help for Family and Friends – The National Center for PTSD provides information about the effects of Veterans’ trauma on their families, children, relationships, and communities, as well as resources and support to help Veterans and their family members and friends to respond and cope with those effects.

Other Resources

In addition to the above, there may be additional Federal, State and Local Government resources for you.  Your counselor, especially if s/he is a VSO counselor should be able to able to help you find them.
Learn more about what it feels like to live a better life.  Go to our "Self-Help page" to begin to explore other issues that can bring you All The Way Home.
Be sure to check out the "Claims and Appeals" topic to maximize your compensation and benefits for yourself and your loved ones.
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