"Depression is real. When morale gets lost, it's hard to pick it back up. My support system pushed me to continue building on myself. Finding something to do, as long as it's positive."
"I had a period where I didn't really have a job, and it really sucked to the point where I felt like I wasn't enough. This was after more than six years of working and having my unit to go back to. It was really scary, but I was able to get back in touch with myself, see what I wanted to do and how to go about it."
"Transition out of the Army was rough. Disability does a number on your anyway, but take away your paycheck and your job ... transition out was not an experience I'd like to do again. For me, it's vital to have that person who can tell me, 'This is what you're experiencing right now, here are the coping mechanisms, and I'm going to support you through them.'"