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Meet Vets who are “Strong at the Broken Places”

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As graduation neared, Meg began to have more flashbacks. Nightmares kept her up, and she found herself fighting to get control of post-traumatic stress. Today, Meg works with colleges and universities around the country to help them understand the student Veteran experience. Read Meg's story

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There were days Ron would just sit at home with Harry behind locked doors, too scared to go outside. In 2011, he founded Veterans Writing Project, which gives Veterans and service members the skills to tell their own stories — and help them find a way to understand and share their experiences. Read Ron's story

In honor of Veterans Day, VA launched an ongoing portrait project entitled Strong at the Broken Places.

Strong at the Broken Places highlights portraits of courage, strength, intelligence and tenacity all found in Veterans who have succeeded after their military service by moving forward in positive and constructive ways. They are triumphant and resilient.

The project gives Veterans the opportunity to share their stories of reintegration in their own words.

The goal is to remind everyone that Veterans carry on after their service.

To kick off the project, VA profiled and photographed 12 Veterans who each share their experiences with reintegration after deployments and serving in the military. We look forward to highlighting more success stories and show that Veterans are truly some of the strongest and most valuable members of our society.

Meet Meg and Ron and ten other Vets who tell their stories in videos on the Strong at the Broken Places website.

The goal is to remind everyone that Veterans carry on after their service. We know coming home isn’t always easy but we hope Vets will see fellow Veterans speak candidly about their transition process and it will encourage others to do the same—and to not be reluctant to seek out help and support.

If you would like to tell your story, e-mail us: newmedia@va.gov