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PTSD: National Center for PTSD

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"Educate yourself. I feel like that has helped me the most."

Nathan Ball

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How Do I Get Support?

When someone you care about has PTSD, it affects you too. You are probably spending time and energy to help your loved one cope. Learning about PTSD helps you to understand what your loved one is experiencing. But, you need to take care of yourself too. Here are some resources that can help.

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Military families

  • Coping when a family member goes to war.
    The cycle of deployment stress, including pre, during, and post-deployment is difficult for many families, and can be particularly difficult for children.
  • Children coping with deployment
    The children of service members can face many challenges when their parent deploys. Get information and resources to help support children whose parent or caregiver has deployed.

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PTSD Information Voice Mail:
(802) 296-6300
ncptsd@va.gov
Also see: VA Mental Health