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Adjusting to the Return Home from the War

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Updated February 17, 2009

Many returning veterans, as well as their families, may have difficulties adjusting to the return home. Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) veterans, for example, exhibit a number of difficulties, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, alcohol abuse, physical health problems, difficulties managing anger, and suicide. In addition, the families of OEF/OIF veterans also face stressors.

Fortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs has put together a website that includes a wealth of important information designed to help returning soldiers and their families.

A Website for Returning OEF/OIF Service Members

This website has been designed to provide returning OEF/OIF veterans and their families with a tremendous amount of helpful information and resources all in one place.

It has easy navigation and provides information on available benefits for veterans (for example, health care eligibility for 5 years following military separation date, dental benefits, financial benefits, vocational rehabilitation), as well as how to sign up for these benefits. Phone numbers, as well as links to other web pages, are provided so that veterans do not have to go searching the web or phone book for information on how to get in touch with their VA for these services and benefits.

In addition, the website includes a link to a regularly maintained blog that provides information that may be relevant to service members and their families. There is also a section devoted to personal stories from returning veterans about how they have adjusted to coming home.

There are also links to mental health services offered within the VA so that returning veterans can quickly get the help that they need for a variety of difficulties, especially in regard to PTSD.

Finally, the website provides resources for families of OEF/OIF service members, such as information on obtaining bereavement counseling, general counseling, and caregiver support resources.

This website has been designed to get veterans quickly connected to a VA so that they can get the assistance and help that they need. This website will be an invaluable and indispensable resource for returning veterans and their families.

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