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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental health problem that can affect veterans who have been through traumatic events.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Veterans, like other people, respond to traumatic events in a number of ways. They may feel concern, anger, fear, or helplessness. These are all typical responses to a violent, malicious, or traumatic event. However, research shows that people who have been through trauma, loss, or hardship in the past may be even more likely than others to be affected by new, potentially traumatic events.

Signs and Symptoms

Traumatic events can cause a range of reactions. In response to new traumatic events, Veterans may:

  • have general distress or see an increase in their PTSD symptoms
  • become quick to anger, sleep poorly, or drink more heavily
  • try to avoid all reminders or media about the incident, or shy away from social situations

Recent traumatic events may also trigger old memories among Veterans. When facing a new traumatic event some Veterans expect and/or prepare for the worst based on their past experiences. For example, Veterans may:

  • become overly protective, vigilant, and guarded
  • become preoccupied with danger
  • feel a need to avoid being shocked by, or unprepared for, what may happen in the future

Some symptoms can include:

  • military and homecoming memories
  • depressed mood
  • general distress
  • use and abuse of alcohol or other substances

Crisis Helpline

To learn about healthcare and treatment options, please for Contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Crisis Line: 988, press 1

For more information, visit their website.

The PTSD Coach App

The PTSD Coach app was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to learn about and how to cope with symptoms of PTSD.  Research studies have shown that PTSD Coach can reduce PTSD symptoms, especially when used as part of therapy. The app may also help with symptoms of depression. PTSD Coach is not meant to replace professional care. 


Download the PTSD Coach

Contact Assistance

If you need assistance, or just want to learn more about the benefits and services you may be eligible for, schedule an appointment with one of our Veterans Benefits Advisors, all Veterans themselves.

  • Call 1-888-838-7697 to speak to an advisor.
  • Schedule a phone or video consultation online.
  • Use our search to find a Services Office near you.