Trustees of Boston University

Soldiers often return home carrying more than duffle bags and dog tags. An estimated 300,000 veterans suffer from excessive alcohol consumption and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which prevents successful reintegration with family and community. We're on a mission to change that.

Need

For hundreds of thousands of veterans, alcoholism and PTSD are major obstacles standing in the way of leading fulfilling and productive lives. As the country continues to demobilizing its overseas forces, the number of combat veterans returning home in need of support is expected to grow substantially. Federal budget cuts, a lack of counseling resources in many local areas, and access to services based on geographical limitations will leave a number of those in need with nowhere to turn.

Project

A grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation made it possible to expand VetChange, a free self-directed, web-based intervention program created by the Trustees of Boston University. This program is designed to help veterans better manage their drinking and PTSD.

The user-friendly interactive program allows veterans to set weekly goals, track their drinking reduction process and PTSD symptoms over time, and get additional help from trained peer volunteers and professional counselors.

Project Leader

Terence Kean, M.D., Ph.D., terry.kean@va.gov

Partners

  • Boston University
  • Boston Veterans Administration
  • Lines of Life
  • San Antonio Fighting Back