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“I’d spent six weeks with a counselor, and throughout the time — every week that I saw him — he said, ‘I think you should go to group therapy.’ … Finally, I just gave in,” says Kelly, a Marine Corps Veteran. “It turned out to be the best decision that I had ever made.”

The group therapy she resisted for weeks was for women Veterans who had experienced trauma. While their experiences weren’t the same, Kelly — like many women Veterans — found that big-picture similarities can lead to powerful, therapeutic connections.

“I find really quickly that once you start talking to women Vets, our experiences are really similar,” says Trista, a Navy Veteran. “It’s all about talking, and it’s amazing what you can do by just telling and owning your own story.”

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