Managing the Homecoming ProcessMilitary

Much of our experience of events is influenced by our expectations about them, and having realistic expectations of one another and of the process during the homecoming transition can contribute to mental health.  Here are some common tendencies regarding the homecoming process and some suggestions for managing them:

Normal parts of the process for Veterans:

Normal parts of the process for Significant Others:

Normal parts of the process for Family Members:

Tips for Veterans for managing the homecoming process:

Tips for Significant Others for managing the homecoming process:

Tips to help Children in managing the homecoming process:


Much of this information is modified and adapted from this source.


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.
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.