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Online PTSD Resources for Veterans

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Updated December 16, 2011

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Many veterans struggle with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions, such as major depression, anger, health problems and substance use. Consequently, many may not know where to start in trying to understand what they are going through.

The web can be an excellent resource. However, seeking out information on your condition and finding the help you need can be a difficult process, as there are a number of websites out there to navigate through. Listed below are some online resources that may help you better understand your symptoms, provide you with social support, reduce stigma and help connect you to services that will help address your symptoms.

About.com PTSD Information

The About.com website for PTSD offers a number of articles that are relevant to service members, regardless of when they served. Most of the articles focus on PTSD; however, there are articles that look at other topics, such as substance use, coping with stress associated with coming home from deployment and the effect of combat on a service member's family. If you think that you may be struggling with symptoms of PTSD, this website may be an excellent place to start in better understanding your symptoms.

About.com U.S. Military Information

The About.com U.S. military website also provides a wealth of information. The website addresses numerous issues, from recruitment all the way to retirement. Through the About.com U.S. military forum you can connect with other service members for support and get your questions answered.

The National Center for PTSD

The National Center for PTSD is a valuable resource for veterans and their families. The website provides general information on PTSD and information specifically for veterans and their families.

The Real Warriors Campaign

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has recognized that various mental health stigmas are a major problem in the armed forces. As a result, the DoD launched an anti-stigma campaign called the Real Warriors Campaign, which is designed to promote resilience, recovery and support for returning service members, veterans and their families.

The Veterans' PTSD Project

Hope for recovery may be hard to come by for many veterans. The Veterans' PTSD Project is a website that reaches out to veterans who have successfully overcome their PTSD. The website asks these veterans to write first-person accounts of their recovery process in order to share their struggles and successes with others who may be journeying down their own path to recovery.

The Wounded Warriors Project

The Wounded Warriors Project is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is: "To raise the awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs."

If you are an injured veteran, this website can provide you with support and information that is specifically applicable to the difficulties that you may be facing. You can also hear from others who have overcome their injuries to live fulfilling and meaningful lives.

WarWithin.org

WarWithin.org is a website affiliated with the Citizen Soldier Support Program (CSSP). The primarily goal of CSSP is to connect service members and their families with primary healthcare and behavioral health providers who are especially trained to address issues relevant to military members.

America's Heroes at Work

America's Heroes at Work is a U.S. Department of Labor project that addresses the employment challenges of returning veterans who have traumatic brain injury and/or PTSD. This website provides invaluable information and tools.

Healing Combat Trauma

This blog and website provide excellent resources about the many paths of healing from combat-related trauma. The focus is on providing effective medical, psychological and legal care to service members in need.
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