Quick Facts about Military and Veteran Families and Couples:
Involving Families and Couples in Treatment is:
View Veterans’ personal stories of relationships and family.
The experiences of military life can affect Veterans in ways that may impact their relationships. Watch Veterans talk about working through problems with their friends and loved ones and finding solutions that benefit everyone.
1)Steelfisher, Zaslavsky, & Blendon, 2008 in Makin-Byrd et al., 2011; 2) McFarlane, 2009, 3) Sayers, Farrow, Ross, & Oslin, 2009; 4) Falloon, Roncone, Held, Coverdale, & Laidlaw, 2002
Educational materials and programs can provide family members with the information necessary to support the Veteran’s recovery and to effectively partner with their treatment providers.The educational topics below include information about:
All VA family services are consistent with a recovery philosophy and provide a continuum of services including:
Family and Couples Services at VA Medical Centers and Clinics Include:
Family Member, Couple or Caregiver: Eligibility for VHA Mental Health Services
Available VA services for immediate family members and caregivers include training/education, consultation, and marriage and family counseling as is necessary in connection with treatment. These services are available to the individuals listed below.
Connect to Services at Your Local VA Medical Center or Vet Center:
Online VHA Mental Health Resources Available to Families and Couples:
National Center for PTSD: Family and Friends
The National Center for PTSD: Family and Friends section of the National Center for PTSD website provides information about the effects of trauma on families, children, relationships, and communities. You can find information on: Helping a Family Member Who Has PTSD; Children Coping with Deployment; Children and Teens: Web Resources; and more.
Make the Connection
Visit the Make the Connection website to view stories from Veterans’ family members who have supported their Veterans and helped them find resources for overcoming mental health challenges.
Make the Connection is a one-stop resource where Veterans and their families and friends can privately explore information on mental health issues, hear fellow Veterans and their families share their stories of resilience, and easily find and access the support and resources they need.
Watch video testimonials from families and friends of Veterans, hear how they overcame mental health challenges, and find information and resources for support.
Coaching into Care
A VA program that offers advice on how to best talk to your Veteran about engaging in care. The program offers the following free services: encouragement and information about getting an evaluation and services, referrals to services for Veterans and their family members and family member coaching to motivate Veterans for evaluation/consultation.
PsychArmor, a national non-profit organization, provides free online education for providers including an online course focused on coaching into care.
Military OneSource: A 24/7 Resource for Military Members, Spouses & Families*: Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation Status) and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services. Visit today or call 1-800-342-9647.
PsychArmor, Free Online Courses
PsychArmor is a national non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the military-civilian divide through free online education. The only organization of its kind, PsychArmor also provides a Support Center staffed with mental health experts to provide coaching and follow-up to its learners. Their self-paced courses provide critical resources to all Americans who work with, live with, and care about Veterans.
Parenting to Go Mobile Application
This mobile application helps Veterans and Service Members strengthen their parenting skills and reconnect with their children. Free from: iTunes (iOS)*.