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5 Mental Health Apps for Military Members and Their Families


Herman DeBoard III


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Herman DeBoard is a speaker, author and successful entrepreneur building and selling companies in the technology and entertainment spaces. He has built technology used by organizations such as Sony, Warner and Universal Music Group. He is a Decorated Veteran of the United States Air Force and is currently working towards the goal of connecting the world like never before through his virtual surrogate travel app called Huvr.

Veterans often face unique mental health challenges that stem from their experiences in the military and during active duty. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders are among the most common mental health conditions experienced by veterans. It is important to recognize these issues, as early diagnosis and treatment can help veterans ensure they are living their best life. There are several good apps on the market that can help veterans with various aspects of their mental health. As a Disabled Veteran myself... I would also suggest that you seek the advice of an actual mental health counselor.


The transition from military life to civilian life is not easy, and many veterans experience difficulty acclimating. This can lead to feelings of isolation and alienation, which in turn can further exacerbate mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or PTSD. It is important for veterans to seek out social support, whether through peer groups or family and friends. In some cases, professional therapy may be necessary to help the veteran navigate this transition successfully.  But there are also some pretty good apps that can help for various aspects of mental health and here are five.


The PTSD Coach app is a mobile application designed to help veterans and service members manage symptoms of PTSD. It was developed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense's National Center for Telehealth and Technology. The app provides a variety of tools and resources to assist users in coping with PTSD symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and sleep issues. It offers an interactive self-assessment tool that helps users track their symptoms over time, and it provides strategies to manage symptoms when they occur.

2. The AIMs (Anger and Irritability Management Skills) app is a mobile application designed to help veterans and service members manage feelings of anger and irritability. The app provides a variety of tools and resources to help users identify triggers for anger and develop strategies for managing their emotions. It offers a self-assessment tool to track anger symptoms over time, as well as interactive exercises to teach relaxation techniques and problem-solving skills.

3. The Insomnia Coach app was created for everyone, including Veterans and Service members, to help manage insomnia. The app is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).

4. The Happify App Developed by therapists and powered by AI, Happify helps you relieve stress and think more positively in just a few minutes each day through fun, evidence-based games, and activities.

5. And when you need to get away and explore the world in realtime, the Huvr App allows you to do just that. Huvr understands that many Veterans are limited in their ability to travel the World, which is one reason it was developed by a Disabled Veteran.

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