THE NEED

Branch of service, generation, number of tours, and combat experience aside, thousands of veterans struggle with health problems, trauma, displacement, and alienation. Too often, they suffer alone and unnoticed—in silence.

At Clear Path, we understand the unique challenges that veterans face after time in service—because many of us are veterans, too. Our programs address the hardships that veterans may experience.

The Issues

Veterans may struggle with any combination of issues.

01

» Disconnection

Veterans are no longer governed by a strictly regulated lifestyle or surrounded by like-minded individuals after service. As a result, they may feel detached, disconnected, or unrelatable.

02

» Identity Crisis

Serving in the military provides a defined role and purpose; once that structure is no longer there, veterans may struggle with their sense of self.

03

» relevance

Translating military skills into a new civilian career can be confusing and intimidating. Veterans have the necessary skills, but sometimes conveying this to prospective employers can be difficult.

04

» Health Issues

Prior service members may experience or live with changes in ability or conditions that affect their physical and emotional well-being.

05

» Trauma

Many veterans must confront and endure lasting effects from post-traumatic stress (PTS), military sexual trauma (MST), moral injuries, and soul injuries.

06

» Depression

Separation from loved ones; the stress and trauma of combat; and seeing oneself and others in harm’s way put veterans at an increased risk of depression.

07

» Substance Use

The use of substances (such as drugs and alcohol) can have significant negative medical, psychiatric, interpersonal, and occupational outcomes.

08

» Homelessness

On any given night, over 37,000 US veterans are without shelter. The leading causes of homelessness among veterans are PTS, social isolation, unemployment, and substance use.

Reference: US Veterans Affairs
09

» Suicide

The suicide rate for veterans is 1.5 times the rate of nonveteran adults. This crisis affects veterans of all military branches and eras.

Reference: US Veterans Affairs

Mental health is a journey.

Mental health extends to one’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It ebbs and flows, and it can range from peak performance to periods of agony and torment.

» In Crisis

In this state, a person suffers and needs immediate help. The emotional distress can become so unbearable that it causes thoughts of taking one’s life.

» struggling

The mind is overwhelmed in a struggling state. A person may feel emotional or physical pain, or they may shut down and become numb.

» Surviving

In survival mode, one’s thoughts are often negative; their appetite and sleep are affected; and their ability to concentrate is increasingly difficult.

» Thriving

A person is prospering in this state. They feel calm and content; although troubles may still exist, they take them in stride.

» Excelling

At the highest level of mental well-being, a person is excelling. This means that they are at their peak and performing at their best.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 9-8-8.

Wherever a veteran may be on the mental health continuum, Clear Path for Veterans is here to help them and their family members reach an improved state of mind.

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We’re here for the good days, bad days, and everything in between.