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  • Hello Colleen

    Thank you for your comments, and especially for your service!

    It sounds like you had a very challenging time while you served, but also sounds like you have a lot of strength and resilience. It can be very disappointing to feel misunderstood by those close to you when they haven't shared your military experiences. The VA now has some growing programs just for female veterans in their medical centers, and do provide evidence-based treatment for PTSD and depression delivered by providers who are trained to understand military experience and culture, many of whom have served themselves. The Vet Centers, which are separate from the medical centers, are also a place to go for counseling or support, and most of their staff are veterans. I hope that you find the support and understanding that you are seeking, and thanks for reaching out.

    -- Dr. Kate McGraw

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