There are stressors that are unique to minority Veterans – both before and after their military service – that can impact their overall health and well-being.

In addition to other health disparities, racial and ethnic minority groups may have stress, anxiety, and depression because of experiences with racism and discrimination. Experiences with racism also can cause harmful physiological changes, lead to chronic diseases like diabetes and worsen symptoms of mental health conditions like PTSD.

Veterans of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, genders, ages, sexual orientations, and service branches have experienced challenges affecting their health, relationships, and life. If you’re experiencing issues related to your mental health, talk with your VA provider. They can connect you with resources and support to address and manage any mental health challenge.

Explore resources, including available VA treatment options and accessing care: