Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
The "suck it up and drive on" mentality permeated our years in the U.S. military and often led us to delay getting both physical and mental health care. As veterans, we now understand that engaging in effective care enables us not just to survive but to thrive. Crucially, the path to mental wellness, like any serious journey, isn't accomplished in a day — and just because you need additional or recurring mental health care doesn't mean your initial treatment failed.
Sitting in Terminal C at New York’s LaGuardia Airport six months ago, I opened an email from a policy institute where I had applied for a fellowship. For months leading up to the day I submitted my application, friends who were already fellows in the program told me there was no question I would be accepted. Combining my military and work experience, I, too, felt as though I were a great fit.