Here’s another great organization dedicated to helping our returning combat vets and their families.
Vets4Vets is a non-partisan organization that is helping our troops heal from the psychological injuries of war through the use of peer support.
This is their Vision:
Our primary goal is to help Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans understand the value of peer support and to regularly use peer support to express their emotions, manage their challenges and ease their integration into society.
Our vision is that anytime a veteran needs to talk with someone who really understands, a local Vets4Vets peer support group is available at no cost. We envision Vets4Vets being a common name in the minds of all veterans as a place where they, and their comrades, can go to heal.
Here’s a list of many of their Beliefs:
- Sharing personal experiences with those who have shared similar experiences is a powerful healing tool.
- Peer support does not require professionals.
- Peer support can take place in many formats including weekend workshops, one-on-one and in small or large groups.
- By expressing the feelings associated with our experiences, we help each other heal.
- In providing an environment that is confidential, safe, and accepting.
- Taking part in positive community action, of their choosing, empowers veterans to further promote healing and reach out to other veterans.
- Use of drugs and alcohol hinders real emotional healing.
Vets4Vets also offers a blog and listings of vets resources. You’ll also find info on their website about how to start a group in your area, as well as listings of local groups. They are on Facebook and Twitter.
How I wish these types of groups had been available for our Vietnam vets. It was my experience that bonding then usually occurred in bars, and that brought innumerable problems for the vets and their families.
I am so glad to see this group note that the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs actually impedes healing. –I’m really happy to pass on info about this important resource for today’s veterans. Better late than never…
Contact them at (520)393-8302 and visit their website at: