AboutFace: See How PTSD Treatment Turns Lives Around


PTSD: Meet Veterans who have been there.


Anyone who has put on a uniform knows that “about face” means turn around.

Here’s a new “About Face” that could turn your life around.

June is PTSD Awareness Month and VA’s National Center for PTSD just released AboutFace, an online video gallery where you can learn about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from Veterans who live with it every day. Hear their stories and find out how treatment turned their lives around.

Meet Michelle Rentas, U.S. Army, 1992-1995. “I felt worthless, hopeless. I had a lot of low self esteem.” It’s straight talk you may recognize.

Michelle knows that sharing her story will help other Vets.

“I was raped in the military by another soldier. And I felt ashamed.”

And she has the courage to describe what that experience led to. “I started to abuse drugs and alcohol until I was dependent on them.”

In the video, Michelle talks about how treatment from VA has helped her.

“Treatment has helped me understand that it wasn’t my fault.”

Michelle is just one. There’s also Don Sullivan, Army Platoon Leader, who struggles to explain, “I learned a lot about myself and what I needed to do.”

Close portrait of a man
Edward Fair

Tia Christopher, Navy Cryptological Technician, admits that it’s hard to say, “I thought I was going nuts, wasn’t sleeping, stopped eating.”

Edward Fair, Army Infantry, Vietnam, talks about what treatment was like for him, “Sometimes people can see things about you that you can’t see in the mirror.”

A few dozen other Veterans with PTSD want to convince you that you are not alone. This new VA online program introduces you to Veterans from all eras who experienced PTSD and got help with treatment.

You may recognize yourself in these stories. We want you to feel optimistic that you can overcome your challenges with proper treatment.

In these video segments you will meet Veterans who tell you how PTSD has affected them and their loved ones. They tell you about the steps they took to get their lives back.

These Veterans candidly describe how they knew they had PTSD, how it affected the people they loved, why they didn’t get help right away, what finally caused them to seek treatment, what treatment is like, and how treatment helps.

VA is committed to ensuring the men and women who bravely served our nation can access the resources and services tailored for them that can lead to a more fulfilling life.

June is PTSD Awareness Month and June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, VA wants to help. Start at www.ptsd.va.gov.

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