Coping and Anxiety Management for Deployed Personnel and VeteransMilitary

Military service is a difficult, disruptive, and sometimes life-threatening experience.  As a result it is common to experience traumatic stress and perhaps even some symptoms of depression and anxiety during and following this life experience. Military service may also influence physical problems such as changes in sleep and appetite, digestive problems, more susceptibility to colds or other illnesses, and increased use of alcohol and other substances. Persons on active duty and veterans may also have emotional responses such as fear, irritability, nightmares, difficulties concentrating, feelings of betrayal, and loss of interest in everyday activities. 

How can deployed personnel cope with the stresses of military service, and how can veterans manage and integrate the stressors of military service into their life experiences?  Here are some helpful suggestions:

Whether deployed or having returned, you may use grounding, a technique designed to keep your experience in the “here and now” and remind you that you are alive and present to life.

Learn to manage anxiety through such strategies as guided imagery and relaxation.

Remember that as difficult as military service is, it is possible to pass through and integrate it as a meaningful part of your life.  Focusing on your coping during your service and upon your return will nurture inner strength, compassion for others, self-awareness, and a perspective on your service and its meaning for you and others. 

Web Links

Veterans Heart Georgia:  This grass roots organization utilizes innovative approaches to helping veterans of all wars with the entire spectrum of the effects of war and military service. The organization is made up of veterans, mental health professionals and citizens.

CareForTheTroops Inc. is a 501c3 Non-Profit formed to develop a network of civilian faith communities, civic organizations, and networks of therapists all trained and able to work with the military members, veterans, and their families as they adjust to the changes experienced during and after returning from deployments and combat.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Our Mission: IAVA’s mission is to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

This is the information forGeorgia’s largest provider of VA services and the web site address.
Atlanta VA Medical Center 1670 Clairmont Road Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: (404) 321-6111 hrs. 8:00a.m-4:30p.m.
Website  www1.va.gov/Atlanta     
24-hour VA suicide hot line : 1-800-273-TALK

This is a resource to help veterans and families with information about the signs and symptoms of suicide ideation.

America's Heroes at Work: Welcome to America's Heroes at Work - a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) project that addresses the employment challenges of returning service members living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

U.S. Vets Over 200,000 veterans will sleep on the streets of our nation tonight. Our VISION is that one day there will no longer be homeless veterans in America...U.S. VETS provides housing, counseling, job assistance, and HOPE to thousands of homeless veterans each year. Our programs foster the skills necessary for every veteran to return to the community and remain self-sufficient.

This is a link provided by the US army for soldiers that help with some information on stress, suicide facts, and some veteran benefits that are available.

Welcome Back Veterans is resource to help welcome back veteran returning from deployment.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project this is a resource to help find homes for our disabled veterans in need of shelter.