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Veterans in Their Own Words

  • Iraq Never Leaves Us: PTSD and My Life
    Hear the vivid and moving personal account of a "New Warrior's" deployment experiences in Iraq and his post-deployment struggle with PTSD. Marine Reservist Bob Page tells his story of how combat-related stress has impacted many facets of his life and of how the VA has played a role in his ongoing personal battle with PTSD.
  • Student Vets Speak Out (filmed by MTV)
    Students who served in the Iraq War speak out about the emotional challenges of adjusting to life back at home and the importance of finding support.

In Their Own Words (Audio and articles) The Washington Post

Theater of War
Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States and Europe. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war. By presenting these plays to military and civilian audiences, our hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources, and foster greater family, community, and troop resilience. Check out the See/Hear page for more videos

Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project is initiative developed by the Library of Congress. The project is massing a remarkable collection of interviews and documentary materials spanning much of the twentieth century. Contained in these sources are compelling accounts of wartime service from men and women, civilian and military, representing many ranks, jobs, branches of service, and theaters of war. Their stories--told in their own words through letters, diaries, and oral history interviews--teach us, amuse us, and inspire us. They also sometimes sadden us, with tales of lost lives, lost time, and lost innocence, all in service to our country.

The University of Texas at Austin is teaming with Veteran service providers in the central Texas area and the Library of Congress to involve UT Austin Staff, Faculty and Students in this project.

Beyond the Battlefield – Rebuilding Wounded Warriors
A 10-part series The Huffington Post ran on consecutive weekdays starting Oct. 10, 2011. It is an exploration of the challenges, victories and problems that catastrophically wounded soldiers encounter after returning home from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The series, the result of several months of reporting and scores of interviews by veteran military correspondent David Wood, is a deeply felt and wide-ranging exploration of what it means for a soldier to suffer extraordinary, disabling wounds—and how their friends, families and hometowns, as well as the military and medical communities, adjust and respond to the struggles these wounded warriors endure.

UT Counseling and Mental Health Center Crisis Line: 512-471-CALL (2255)

Lifeline Veterans Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (press "1" for veterans)