The holidays can be tough, but you don’t have to face them alone

Matt Saintsing
December 07, 2018 - 3:50 pm

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The holidays can be tough, especially for veterans dealing with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress, depression or other service-connected ailments. Then there are the stressors of transitioning back to civilian life. 

However, you're never alone. In addition to all the wide-ranging resources veterans have at their fingertips, like the VA, veterans organizations, or people in their own communities, global health provider Cigna offers a 24/7 Veterans Support Line

All you have to do is call 855-244-6211, where a team of highly qualified advocates is standing by to help veterans, family members and caregivers—whether or not the vet is a Cigna customer. 

“Cigna's Veteran Support Team has been up and running for more than a year, assisting veterans with numerous issues including pain management, substance use, emergency housing, depression and feelings of overall hopelessness,” Karen Cierzan, vice president of clinical operations for Cigna Behavioral Health, tells Connecting Vets.

“The team has a tremendous amount of commitment and expertise to help veterans and their families. Our goal is to walk alongside our veterans, and their family members, to not only listen, but help them move forward in a positive direction by providing guidance, resources, and options.”

They can even help connect resources for those short on food, clothing or transportation.

Additionally, Cigna offers free, weekly programs for mindfulness to help cope with any of the curve balls life throws our way. Available exclusively for veterans, the sessions are available every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. central time by calling 1-888-244-6260 and entering passcode 536435. 

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