Coming Home: Family and Community Returning Veterans
Montana has one of the highest per capita veteran populations in the country with nearly 9% of Montanans having served in the military, and American Indians serving at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group (2017). With so many Montanans serving in the military, it's critical that supports are in place to ensure that coming home is a smooth process.
Transitioning to civilian life is no small feat for veterans when returning to work, re-engaging in social activities, or adjusting to a physical or mental injury incurred during deployment. Spouses, and other family and community members also experience significant adjustments and disruptions in their relationships when service members return home and re-enter their previous lives. Expectations are often unreasonable, left unspoken, and can result in feelings of anger and resentment. Previously held roles as a husband or wife, father or mother, or friend often change and are difficult to immediately resume. These changes can complicate re-entry, place additional stress on family relationships, and friendships resulting in a wide range of negative emotions.
These three podcasts examine re-integration for vets. Each episode shows what coming home for vets means from different perspectives as well as insights on making our families and communities more able to help with re-integration.
Family Communication for Returning Veterans
Creating Community for Veterans from Finding Home to Whitewater Rafting
Community and Coming Home for Native Veterans
Dial 1 (800) 273-8255 and press 1, chat on line, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support
Veterans Center Call Center 877-927-8387 (WAR-VETS) is around the clock confidential call center for combat Veterans and their families to call about any issue they are facing in readjusting to civilian life
National telephone service of the VA aims to educate, support, and empower family members and friends who are seeking care or services for a Veteran
Sesame Street for Military families offer resources and tools for families. They include activities for children and providers to help with the challenging transitions of deployment, relocation or injury.
"Ten things you should know about Healthy Family Functioning" is produced by the VA San Diego Healthcare System in partnership with Chaplains Caring for Veterans and Families
Learn more about family and relationships, treatment options, self-help tools, and resources to help you overcome family and relationship issues
HelpingGuide.org tips for helping someone with PTSD
Resources provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD to help family and friend support loved ones
Information and tips for families in crisis