In an ongoing effort to provide all veterans, from the World Wars through our continuing efforts in Afghanistan, and their families much needed support and resources, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new website.
“Make the Connection” is a website devoted to the unique needs of veterans.
Primarily, “Make the Connection” encourages veterans and families to share their stories, experiences and lessons gained from their lives during and after service.
As much support and information that is available to these dedicated men and women, sometimes it isn’t enough. Sometimes veterans don’t know that there is help, resources and services out there. Sometimes veterans want to talk to or hear from other veterans that have been there, too.
That’s where “Make the Connection” comes in.
The Department of Veterans Affairs aims to have “Make the Connection” be the one-stop resource for all veterans.
Veterans will learn about service-related conditions such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, alcohol or drug dependency, traumatic brain injury and anxiety disorders. In addition, “Make the Connection” provides a comprehensive listing of the warning signs and possible symptoms accompanying most common emotional, psychological and physical conditions linked to active duty service.
It is the hope that with this thorough resource, friends, family and veterans themselves will be able to detect any medical issue early and receive proper treatment, considering that psychological disorders developed from service often go undiagnosed. The website also provides a complete listing of medical treatment centers available to veterans.
Also, “Make the Connection” provides information on other troublesome issues that many veterans face, including transitioning back into civilian life, job training and education, homelessness and financial concerns.
However, above all else, “Make the Connection is a safe place for veterans to share their experiences, challenges and triumphs while connecting with others who may be facing similar issues. Essentially, the website is an unrelenting, unapologetic, “no-holds-barred” take on what it is to be a veteran in today’s world.
In the end, the VA hopes that by creating a one-stop resource for all veterans, they will be able to shed some much-needed light on some critical, yet dark issues.
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