Reclaim Your Life at Emory Healthcare Veterans Program

You served your country. You shouldn’t have to live your life suffering from haunting memories, sleepless nights, panic attacks or similar symptoms — challenges that threaten to ruin your life and destroy your most valued relationships. If you or someone you love is suffering from the invisible wounds of military service, Emory Healthcare Veterans Program (EHVP) is ready to help.

EHVP, free to qualified post-9/11 military servicemembers and veterans, is designed to treat conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma (MST), anxiety, and depression related to past military service. Our highly skilled team of professionals is led by world-renowned Emory clinical psychologist Barbara Rothbaum, PhD, who has been working in the PTSD field since 1986 and pioneered virtual reality therapy to help veterans and servicemembers face their worst memories and move on with their lives. Our team consists of specialists in several fields including psychiatry, neurology, neuropsychology and social work. We’re experienced in working with veterans and servicemembers, and many of us have served as well. Our program, which is part of several national organizations that provide therapy to veterans, recognizes the stress of military service and the challenges of returning to civilian life. Together, we’ll chart a course designed specifically for you to help you find your way to peace of mind and your best life.

Life-Changing Help at No Cost

Thanks to funding from our generous partners, Emory Healthcare Veterans Program offers care at no cost to eligible post-9/11 veterans. Travel, lodging and meals are also provided at no cost to program participants. See our treatment and services page for eligibility criteria.

For More Information and to Determine Eligibilty

For more information, please call 888–514–5345 or complete the private online form below and we will contact you.

You Are Not Alone

Whatever you’re going through, there are many others just like you. In fact, of the more than 2.6 million Americans deployed since 9/11, an estimated 1 in 3 return with either PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other conditions brought on by things they saw and experienced during their service. As a veteran or servicemember, you deserve to have access to the care and services that can help you heal mentally and physically. We’re committed to doing our part to meet this need, and to providing the best possible care and support when you turn to us. We’ll treat you and your family with respect, dignity, and compassion, and help you reclaim your life.

Kyra’s Story: A Life Restored

For Kyra Tracy Watkin, the war wouldn’t end — even years after coming home from Afghanistan. In 2012, Watkin, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, lost two soldiers in her unit when a fuel truck they were driving was accidentally hit by an Afghan driver causing the vehicle to quickly catch fire. The soldiers, trapped in the burning vehicle, couldn’t be rescued. It was the first of several wartime incidents that Watkin witnessed.

After multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, she returned home a different person. Haunted by the memories of war, Watkin was overcome by anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. Her friends and family barely recognized her.

In 2016, Watkin, living in Indiana, took the step that saved her life. At no cost to her, she enrolled in Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, an intensive two-week program for veterans suffering from the emotional wounds of military service.

At Emory, Watkin worked one-on-one with some of the world’s most renowned PTSD therapists to address her problems head on. She also participated in group sessions and attended social activities that began peeling away the anxieties that repeatedly plagued her.

Today, the confident, happy Kyra Watkin who joined the Army Reserves at the age of 18 has returned. Recently married and working as a civilian intelligence worker, Watkin credits Emory Healthcare Veterans Program with helping her reclaim her life.

Did You Know?

You can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Veterans Program, or another Emory program, online or by check. Give in honor or memory of a family member, caregiver or friend.

We are part of the Wounded Warrior Project®’s Warrior Care Network™, a national network of academic medical center partners committed to connecting wounded veterans and their families with quality mental health care.

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