Married to a Veteran with PTSD: Understanding, Support, & Resources

Marriage is a beautiful journey filled with love, companionship, and shared experiences. However, when you’re married to a veteran who is battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the journey can come with unique challenges. This blog explores the importance of supporting and understanding what PTSD is, the impact it has on the spouse, and common warning signs, and provides credible resources to help spouses navigate this complex situation.

Understanding PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD, is a mental health condition that can affect individuals who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events. Veterans who have served in combat zones often struggle with this condition. My husband, who has served 4 combat tours, battles with this along with TBI and other issues from being deployed. He has over 40 months deployed in combat zones. For me, it’s vital to comprehend that PTSD is not a sign of weakness; rather, it’s a natural response to traumatic experiences.

The Impact on the Spouse

Being married to a veteran with PTSD can be emotionally challenging. It’s common for spouses to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and sometimes helpless. You might even experience guilt for not being able to “fix” your partner’s pain. I can remember several times feeling these same emotions. It seemed like I was just watching him go more and more downhill at times. It left me feeling empty at times. It’s essential to recognize that you cannot solve PTSD alone, but your support is invaluable in their recovery journey.

Warning Signs of PTSD

Support and Communication

Credible Resources for Support

Marriage to a veteran with PTSD can be demanding, but it can also be an opportunity to showcase unwavering love, support, and understanding. Understanding what PTSD is, recognizing warning signs, and encouraging professional help are essential steps in helping your spouse on their path to recovery. Remember, you are not alone, and there are credible resources available to assist both you and your partner through this journey. Together, you can navigate the challenges of PTSD and build a stronger, more resilient relationship. The Stay Safe Foundation has been a critical part of my husband’s recovery, and they continue to show us time after time why they are one of the resources out there.

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About Sarah Parris

Sarah was born in Fiji and adopted by a Texas native and an Air Force Retiree. She grew up in the Northern U.S. and has traveled the world with her family, ending up in PA, where she graduated college with a degree in Sport Management. She now lives with her husband John, a disabled Army Vet, their daughter and dog, in Georgia. She works in management in the fitness industry, and loves helping people show up to better themselves. Sarah sums up her life philosophy with scripture: “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7