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Veteran Success Resources for COVID-19

August 4, 2020


COVID 19 and political unrest have shaken our communities and have created some changes. In difficult times, the camaraderie of veterans is a unique. Strength and courage combined with the support among military veterans. Regardless of service, veterans have each other’s backs. CAPS respects these strengths while acknowledging that these times also raise anxiety.

But, like all US citizens veterans may face current concerns regarding loss of income, illness, loss of loved ones and access to care. When called to action, whether stateside or overseas, close quarters and rough conditions create vulnerability to many diseases and additional stresses. Families are service members too, dealing with deployments and training time away from them. 

Some of you will identify as non-traditional students, which means that you may have additional responsibilities, like concern for spouses/partners and children as well as parents and extended family. Academics may or may not be your only priority. Therefore, here are some resources found on the National Center for PTSD website (NCPTSD) which relate to current stressors. You do not have to have a PTSD diagnosis or any specific mental health concerns to benefit. Your brothers and sisters in arms have contributed many suggestions.

Stress Management

Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak Includes Strategies for Coping, Increasing a Sense of Control, Special strategies from Veterans who have faced life-threatening situations, and How to Remain Hopeful.

Creating Helpful Thought Patterns

Helpful thinking during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Learn how to change unhelpful thinking patterns into helpful thinking patterns

Other Important Themes available on PTSD.VA.Gov/COVID

Strategies for Families to Adapt to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Learn strategies you can use to help your family adapt, cope, and build resilience during the pandemic.

Effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on PTSD
Tips to help manage PTSD symptoms that can be triggered or get worse during the pandemic.

Grief: Different Reactions and Timelines After a Loss
Learn about common grief reactions and stages of loss as well as prolonged or complicated grief.

Grief: Taking Care of Yourself After a Loss
Learn strategies to increase self-care while grieving a loss.

Intimate Partner Violence
At a time when tension is high, the risks of intimate partner violence can increase. Learn about domestic violence and resources for assistance.

Helping Others

Tips for Providing Support to Others During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak | en Español
Tips on how to show care and empathy for someone during a difficult time.

Grief: Helping Someone Else After a Loss
Learn strategies to support someone grieving a loss.

Related Resources

Self-Help and Coping Strategies
Find out what to expect after a trauma and about self-help tools that can help you manage stress reactions.

How Can I Help Someone with PTSD?
Learn about how you can help family and friends, including information on effective treatments for PTSD.

Mobile Apps for Self-Care
We offer a number of free, self-help apps that can help manage stress and support self-care, like Mindfulness Coach, Mood Coach, StayQuit Coach and more.

For further support contact purdue.edu/caps and please feel free to reach out to the Veterans Success Center –dogtags@purdue.edu