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PTSD and Communities


PTSD and Communities

Whether or not you are personally involved in a traumatic event, you may come in contact with someone who has experienced trauma or who has PTSD.

Sometimes traumatic events affect an entire community all at once, such as a natural disaster. At other times, trauma affects people less directly. For example, you may live near or work with a person who experienced a traumatic event. Below read about how various community members can help with recovery.

Trauma in Your Community

PTSD at Work or in School

  • PTSD, Work, and Your Community
    Explains why people who do not understand PTSD may treat you differently (stigma). Read about how you can use community services or a job to change their minds.
  • Information for Employers about Veterans
    Gives information for employers about Veterans and service members in the National Guard and Reserves. Explains the transition to civilian work and rights of returning Veterans.
  • Veterans Employment Toolkit
    Created for employers, managers and supervisors, human resource professionals, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providers to support and retain Veterans in the workplace. Toolkit also offers employment resources for Veterans.
  • VA Campus Toolkit
    Provides college faculty, staff, and administrators with resources to support student Veterans who are adjusting to campus life.
    Flyer for the VA Campus Toolkit (PDF)

PTSD and the Legal System

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