Stress and trauma are often part of the job when serving in the military. In hostile environments, emotional trauma and trauma to the brain are as real as trauma to the rest of the body. Symptoms and reactions such as trouble sleeping, depression, anger, anxiety, lack of impulse control and isolation are common; they can be treated. If you’re active military, a veteran, or friend or family member, and are having a hard time or are concerned about someone, please reach out. You’re not as alone as you feel. Others struggle too.
In addition to Alaska’s Careline, you can reach out to programs for military members, veterans and family and friends .
National Veteran’s Crisis Line:
- Call 800-273-8255 and press 1; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Text to 838255.
- Chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net
- Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
The Veterans Crisis Line website has lots of information and resources for veterans, active duty military, and friends and family.
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center:
Brain injury is common among veterans, according to this U.S. Department of Defense special report.