After the Withdrawal

One of September’s Lifeline for Vets calls came from a woman army corpsman who had served in Afghanistan. Her husband, an army ranger, had done four tours. She called because they were having domestic issues. 

Young woman, face in hands.

The turbulent evacuation from Afghanistan had triggered her husband’s PTSD. Angry, he was getting violent.  The situation was getting dangerous. She wanted to get some help, possibly therapy, but she was still on reserve duty.

Our women Vets counselor got her into a domestic violence center in Northern California that provided therapy for both her and her husband. When our counselor followed up by phone, the woman expressed her thanks for the connection. She promised to keep in touch to let us know how things were progressing.

Our Women Vets Outreach is important because often it’s easier for a woman in crisis to speak with another woman. Also, women Vets are less likely to self-identify as Veterans.  The word-of-mouth referrals help get the Lifeline for Vets toll-free number and our name out there. That broadens our reach and increases the number of Veterans we can help.

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About the Author

Rich Rudnick

Rich Rudnick served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 through 1983 as an Interior Communications Electrician’s Mate aboard the USS Manitowoc out of Little Creek, Virginia. After leaving the service, he worked as a bench tech and as a system specialist, designing multi-story building heating and ventilation systems. For the last 15 years, he has worked for organizations serving the homeless. He joined the NVF in February 2007.


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