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PTSD: National Center for PTSD

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How Do I Get Support?


"Educate yourself. If feel like that has helped me the most."

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How Do I Get Support?

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When someone you care about has PTSD, the symptoms may affect you and others too. Family and friends spend time and energy to help that person cope. Learning about PTSD will help you understand what a loved one is going through. But self-care is also very important. This section includes information and resources to help family and friends take good care of themselves as they support someone with PTSD.

Families and Friends

Military Families

  • Coping when a family member goes to war.
    The cycle of deployment stress, including pre, during, and post-deployment is difficult for many families, and can be particularly difficult for children.
  • Children coping with deployment
    The children of Service members can face many challenges when their parent deploys. Get information and resources to help support children whose parent or caregiver has deployed.

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PTSD Information Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300
Also see: VA Mental Health