Mid-State Health Network is committed to ensuring that our veterans, service members, and military families gain increased awareness and access to behavioral health and SUD services through cultural sensitivity and support services provided by our Veteran Navigator.
Our Navigator’s Personal Experience
It takes COURAGE to answer the nation’s call!
As Veterans, we are taught to be resilient, self-sacrificing, and to put the needs of others before our own. Many grateful people often thank us for our service, but fellow Veterans understand how difficult the transition from military to civilian life can be.
The stress of my first deployment left me feeling very isolated. I was struggling to find meaningful employment, and I was having a difficult time readjusting to civilian life. I felt like I did not fit in, I was angry, I was not living the life that I had envisioned for myself, and I certainly did not feel like a hero.
It was a fellow veteran that took an interest in me and helped me to change the path I was on, to become the husband and the father that I wanted to be, and to live my personal values so that I could feel the pride that I once felt when I was in uniform.
COURAGE is “the ability to do something that frightens you”. I personally understand how difficult it is to admit that you are struggling and to ask for help. I made a pledge a long time ago to never leave anyone behind; please call me if you need to talk to someone who understands what you are going through.