Many disabled veterans know the impact of a serious injury can go far beyond its physical effects. Every day, mental and emotional challenges may surface, calling for strength and resilience to overcome difficulties both large and small. VA’s Make the Connection initiative can help veterans find support and strength they have earned, whenever they need it.
Make the Connection connects veterans and their families with mental health information and services to discover ways to live more fulfilling lives. Online videos of veterans of all eras, genders, and backgrounds are at the heart of the campaign. They show how veterans and their loved ones have overcome common challenges—like transitioning from service, recovering from physical injuries, and being diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—during and after service.
Make the Connection shares stories of veterans like Jeanné, who served in the U.S. Air Force after the Vietnam War. She uses a wheelchair due to service-connected injuries, including paralysis and multiple sclerosis. Jeanné went to VA not only for physical therapy, but also for counseling—which helped her discover a passion for sports. She was able to turn what some people consider a handicap into a hobby through competing in handcycling. By connecting with care, Jeanné has been able to lead an active and fulfilled life.
In addition to featuring stories like these, MakeTheConnection.net highlights information about the signs and symptoms of mental health and other challenges—such as PTSD and traumatic brain injury—and how to cope with issues related to them.
Visit MakeTheConnection.net to find information and connect with local resources to support yourself and the veterans you know. You can also join the discussion about Make the Connection on Facebook and YouTube.