iHeart is committed to creating a more supportive world for veterans returning home and to connecting veterans and their families with communities, businesses, resources, programs and nonprofits that support their different wellness needs and that are contributing to their overall wellbeing.
Show Your Stripes is built upon the 8 dimensions of wellness— emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual wellness.
Wellness is about more than health -- it also includes emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing, and every aspect of wellness can affect a person’s life.
Veterans and their families often face difficult and unique physical and mental challenges, some as a result of war trauma. Often the approach in dealing with these challenges is a clinical diagnosis. But wellness is more than a clinical diagnosis; it is conscious, self-directed and evolving; holistic and multidimensional; positive and affirming; and inclusive. Programs and services that focus on the eight dimensions of wellness enhance the natural resiliency of veterans and their families and place them on a path to becoming successful, productive leaders and members of their community, and our goal is to offer broad recommendations and resources that can contribute to a person’s overall wellness..
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Jesse had a difficult time adjusting to civilian life after deployment. He used drugs and alcohol to try to forget his experiences in Iraq. He eventually reached out for help at VA, where he received therapy and connected with other Veterans. Now Jesse’s a Peer Support Specialist and encourages fellow Veterans to reach out for help
Drew followed in his father's footsteps and joined the U.S. Army, where he lost close friends while he was deployed. A month after returning home, Drew started experiencing symptoms of PTSD. He began pushing away his family and friends, and his parents didn’t know how to encourage him to seek help. Hear how this military family was able to reconnect through mental health treatment and recovery.
Fernando experienced heavy combat when he deployed to Fallujah. He felt anxious, guilty, and hypervigilant when he returned home. Learn how cognitive behavioral therapy and helping others has allowed Fernando to live his life to the fullest.
Yasmeen experienced severe depression in the Navy after witnessing a fellow sailor die. An attempt at self-harm made her realize it was time to get help. Through counseling at VA, Yasmeen learned ways to manage her mental health challenges. Now, she has improved relationships with her children and is on track to graduate from college.
When Anna was in the Air Force, she experienced military sexual trauma. After she got home, nightmares and self-blame made her miserable. Her mom encouraged her to reach out to VA, and she started seeing a counselor. Through counseling, Anna was able to stop blaming herself and begin to move on. Recently engaged, she is now on a better path.
At a young age, Mike knew he wanted to serve in the Army. After being critically injured in an attack, he was evacuated back to the States. For Mike, counseling and art therapy helped him express the mental health challenges he was going through and start down the path to healing and recovery. Hear more of this Veteran’s inspiring story here.
While deployed, Jeff endured enemy fire, mortar attacks, and rocket blasts. The effects stuck with him: At one point, he was on the verge of taking his own life when his wife, Cora, convinced him to seek help. Learn how Jeff has used therapy, community, and gymnastics to recover.
After returning from Iraq, Brian experienced headaches and intense eye pain. He found it difficult to see without sunglasses and had trouble studying and driving. His doctor explained that his eyes had been injured and he had a traumatic brain injury. Understanding the condition that was causing his symptoms helped him on the road to recovery.
Brian served in the Army during Desert Storm. Once home, he moved quickly between jobs and began isolating himself. Family and relationship problems spurred Brian to get help at VA. Through counseling and meditation, he has regained stability in his life, gone back to school, and become a supporter for other student Veterans.
Sandy was on edge while serving in the Navy, and her anxiety persisted after her transition to civilian life. She finally called the Veterans Crisis Line and went to a hospital for inpatient care. Now, therapy continues helping Sandy cope with anxiety and PTSD — and repair her relationship with her husband.
While serving in the U.S. Army, Jessica experienced depression and anxiety. When she returned home, she went to her local Vet Center, where therapy helped her manage her mental health challenges. Treatment and the support of her loved ones helps Jessica live a more balanced life.
Shannan had trouble transitioning from the Army to civilian life, dealing with sleep apnea, insomnia, and bipolar. As a medic, she knew she needed to seek mental health support and reached out. Therapy and reconnecting with her roots have helped Shannon move forward.
Terrell is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served as a hospital corpsman onboard naval ships and alongside the U.S. Marine Corps. He returned from active duty in 2005 and has worked for various universities and colleges including City Colleges of Chicago and the University of Chicago to help veterans achieve intellectual and occupational wellness. Terrell has dedicated his career to helping veterans transition back into civilian life and has created various courses and bootcamps to help veterans continue their education and launch their post-military careers. He also serves as a licensed Veteran Services Officer National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) Inc and assists veterans and their dependents with disability claims, indemnity payments and other services. He also chairs the Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs for the City of Chicago.
As a U.S. Navy photographer stationed in Japan, Daniel captured the aftermath of a devastating tsunami. Upon returning home, he experienced anxiety, depression and PTSD and had trouble sleeping. Today he is back enjoying life again with the help of his wife and mental health support.
If you are an individual, organization, or community that wants to contribute to the overall wellbeing of veterans and their families, Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services is a resource for ideas, influence, and actions.