As a U.S. service member, veteran, or family member, you give and sacrifice so much for our country. You endure long separations from family and travel to hostile and dangerous parts of the world to fight for freedom. Loved ones remain at home raising kids, working, and running a household on their own. All the while, the worry about their loved one is always lurking in the background. When you come home from serving, life feels different and you may feel different.
The Challenges Military Members, Veterans, and Families Face
Military families face unique challenges that those who haven’t served can’t fully appreciate. Readjusting to life after a deployment or retirement can be difficult for you and your family. Over 18% of service members who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan experience PTSD, depression, symptoms of brain injury, or problems with substance abuse. Children of deployed service members experience more relational and emotional problems than their peers. Sadly, every 36 hours a service member takes their own life.
It’s just not easy, and getting support is so important. Talking and sharing with people who really understand can make things just a little bit easier. All of our active duty and retired service members and families need and deserve all the support we can provide. We never want you to feel like you are alone, left behind or forgotten.
aGroupForME.com is providing online moderated support groups catering towards service members, veterans, and their families. In these groups, you can connect with others who know what it’s like to serve and what difficulties you can endure during your service and or after. Such difficulties include:
- Relationship issues
- Mental health concerns (e.g. depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD)
- Issues with substance abuse
- homelessness and/or unstable housing
- Accessing medical care, including behavioral health services
- Accessing education and employment
- Recovery from physical injuries, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
How You Can Receive Support Online
aGroupForME is bringing support to U.S. service members, veterans, and their family members. aGroupForME provides:
- A place to share experiences and feelings with people who know what you’re going through
- Support for vets who are re-entering the job market or education
- Support for loved ones at home during and after deployments
- Support for coping with the aftereffects of deployments and combat
- Support for readjusting to civilian life after retirement
We want you to know you are not alone, and support is here when you need it. At aGroupForME.com, you can connect to others sharing your issues and concerns for ongoing, moderated support group sessions online.
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“PTSD: National Center for PTSD.” U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, 2014. Web. 15 May 2014.
“Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.” Military Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA, 2014. Web. 16 May 2014.
“Veteran Population.” National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, 13 May 2014. Web. 17 May 2014.