Holidays are not always the "merry and bright" events we often expect. For many Veterans, they can be downright depressing. The holiday season can trigger feelings of mourning, loss, or loneliness. For some, episodes of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can surface. For newly returning Veterans, the struggle to readjust to civilian life, find employment and establish social relationships can worsen at holiday time. But there are ways to combat these feelings, and VA can help. Learn more.
Security and privacy are a top priority in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Secure and safe internet usernames and passwords help protect Electronic Health Records and other personal information on the Internet. VA now helps you protect your information with DS Logon, a secure ID managed by the Department of Defense (DoD). They’re taking it a step further with DS Logon Level 2. Learn more.
Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioid overdoses kill 78 Americans every day. To protect Veterans, VA developed a program to teach patients how to prevent, recognize, and respond to an opioid overdose with naloxone. Naloxone (commonly known as Narcan) is an emergency medication that can reverse an opioid overdose and save a life. Learn more.
Stress is a physical and emotional response to overwhelming responsibilities, events, and changes. It is experienced in different levels. Low levels may not be noticeable at all. Occasionally, moderate stress can be positive and challenge people to act in creative and resourceful ways. High levels can be harmful, leading to chronic disease. The best way to begin managing your stress is to identify, respond, and relieve it. Learn more.
The holiday season can mean great food, fun and family time. But it can also mean long days of travel and more stress. It can be hard to manage realistic goals and not get distracted with holiday obligations and responsibilities. VA has a free online mobile application (app) that can help you stay on track and manage your stress levels. It's called Moving Forward and it helps Veterans, Servicemembers, caregivers, and family members meet their goals. Learn more.