The military has made its soldiers strong and adept at handling tough situations. It can be difficult to handle symptoms of combat stress and PTSD on your own, though.

Getting help can make readjusting to civilian life easier. Confide in friends or family, and call a mental health professional, who can work with you to manage and treat your PTSD.

Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Get Help Now

VeteransCrisisLineThe Veterans Crisis Line provides confidential help for veterans and their families online and by phone (dial 1-800-273-8255; press 1) and text (text to 838255).


  • Coaching Into Care This free service, from the the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, helps veterans and family members find the appropriate services in their communities. Coaching involves helping a caller figure out how to motivate a veteran to seek services, and it is provided by licensed clinical social workers and psychologists.
  • Find a VA facility near you or call 1-800-905-4675. Services may cost little or nothing, according to benefits and ability to pay.
  • Search the ADAA Find a Therapist directory. 
  • Contact Give an Hour, which offers free mental health services to military men and women and their families.
  • Call the Defense Centers of Excellence Outreach Center’s free hotline at 1-866-966-1020 or chat with them online at
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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