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Finding Light: A Veteran Learns the Power of Reaching Out

Moving to a new place can be overwhelming, especially when you're carrying the heavy burden of mental health struggles. This was the reality for Brandon Carson*, an Air Force veteran. Recently relocated to Indiana, Brandon felt lost and unsure where to find the support he desperately needed.

Brandon had been battling with his mental health for quite some time but had never been sure where to turn. In a moment of vulnerability, he confided in a coworker about his struggles. This act of courage led him to Indy Warrior Partnership (IWP), a decision that would become a pivotal point in his journey.


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Reaching out for help was a significant step for Brandon, who had previously found it challenging to seek assistance. The team at IWP connected him with the Indianapolis Vet Center (IVC), where he began receiving individual counseling. This connection provided him with the support he needed and opened the door to couples counseling, helping him strengthen his relationship.

"It has been difficult to figure out where to get help in Indiana," – Brandon Carson, Air Force Veteran

Brandon's story powerfully reminds us that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Just as you would see a doctor for a broken arm, it's crucial to reach out for support when you're feeling emotionally unhealthy. If you're struggling, know that help is available, and taking that first step can make all the difference. Brandon hopes his journey will inspire others in similar situations to reach out and seek the assistance they need. The road to recovery can be challenging, but with the proper support, it becomes possible.

*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the veteran

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