The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) is urging veterans with PTSD and/or depression to seek the help they need during the vulnerable winter months.
Depression is an illness that tends to be exacerbated by cold temperatures and shorter daylight hours. Even when veterans have been coping with the illness, the winter months can often expose vulnerability, making it harder to handle alone.
DVNF is reminding veterans that there is no shame in getting treatment, as this is a medical illness, not a weakness.
“Our veterans withstood countless perils throughout their military service, and decompressing from this can be a long process,” said Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.), CEO of DVNF. “However, I want to remind veterans struggling with depression or PTSD that there is hope, and that the earlier you seek treatment, the better of you will be.”
VanFonda is encouraging veterans in need of assistance to take a look at the following resources that are available to veterans:
If you’re experiencing a crisis, or you’re having thoughts of suicide:
In addition, veterans struggling with PTSD or depression can also take advantage of many additional mental health resources the VA offers.
Here are other helpful resources, courtesy of the VA’s National Center for PTSD:
PTSD Care for Everyone
PTSD Care for Veterans, Military, and Families
For more, visit www.dvnf.org.
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.
We achieve this mission by: