These stories are fictional, but are based on real Veterans' experiences.
Ms. Williams is a 31 year old Operation Iraqi Freedom combat Veteran who served in the Army and suffered blast injuries.
Ms. Williams' support system:
Ms. Williams and her family were open to considering what services the VA offers that could make some of the challenges at home easier to manage. Home and Community Based Services, known to older Veterans as part of “long term care,” are sometimes called “independent living resources” by younger Veterans. Her nurse care manager showed Ms. Williams the Guide to Long Term Care and suggested she complete the Shared Decision Making Worksheet . The nurse also suggested that Ms. Williams’ mom fill out the Caregiver Self-Assessment , as these shared decision making decision aids work best when used together.