If more resources (such as counseling, support groups, peer support groups, peer mentors) were available to spouses and families of new veterans with ptsd and/or TBI, the veteran would have a decreased need for hospital stays, respite care, medications, lower divorce rates, lower suicide attempts or completions etc. If we can train and support the WIVES AND CHILDREN of our new combat veterans they can better support our veterans in their own homes, and reduce the overall cost and expense of the above listed reasons. This outreach must especially be focused in towns where there is no nearby military installations, where spouses feel alone and misunderstood. The VA could work hand in hand with non profs dedicated to this very issue. Such as the free website familyofavet.com which is dedicated to helping veterans survive and thrive with life after combat.