Why Join a Peer Group

Joining a "Peer to Peer" support group can help you to feel better in any number of ways, such as:
  • Knowing that others are going through or have gone through something similar
  • Learning tips on how to handle day-to-day challenges
  • Meeting new friends or connecting to others who understand you
  • Learning how to talk about things that bother you or how to ask for help
  • Learning to trust other people
  • Hearing about helpful new perspectives from others
  • "Peer to Peer" support groups can be an important part of dealing with PTSD, but they are not a substitute for effective treatment for PTSD. If you have problems after a trauma that last more than a short time, you should also get professional help.

The success of this group is due to the facilitators.  They really care about the Vets that come.  They also create an atmosphere of trust.  Trust is one of the things that cause problems for Vets.  The Vets that have been attending have been a great deal of help to me.

Al - Vietnam helicopter pilot
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As a combat marine in Vietnam I physically came home 47 years ago. My life was okay on the surface, underneath I was a wreck. I was locked in transition not being a civilian and not being able to let go of my combat experience.  Twenty years after I returned counseling finally let me return home. 

Two years ago I was privileged to be a part of Transition-Plus that would assist veterans transition back home. It wasn’t until a year or so into the group, I realized that I still needed to talk about my experiences of war and coming home.
 
This group has given me a safe place to share my experiences that I felt only veterans could relate. I have told stories that I haven’t told except with the ones that experienced them with me. I appreciate this group more than they will ever know and tell them frequently.

Jerry - Vietnam Vet
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From the various stories told by those who’ve visited Transition-Plus, I’ve been surprised to hear a number of ways in which those speakers’ experiences share common ground with mine.  In the fabric of those stories we become aware that we are, indeed, part of a real brotherhood.  

Having heard from speakers whose specialties I thought were always conducted “well inside the fence”, I realize that this brotherhood includes the overwhelming majority of the men and women who put on the uniform. No matter where they served or how close or far that might have seemed from the pointy-end, they’ve earned and deserve their membership as well. 

I’m honored to be a part of this “squad” and extremely thankful to the individuals who create the environment that supports these kind of peer groups for growth and recovery. Without a doubt, we are in their debt for the benefit they’re creating for our military vets, their families and our community.

Pete - Retired USAF/USAFR

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Transitioning from military service to civilian life is very stressful.  A new career is only part of the stress.  An identity crisis is a bigger hurdle.  However, with the assistance of veterans service organizations like Transition-Plus help is available.  The hard part is connecting both the veteran and the service organization.

How do we unite the two?  With the help of faithful civilian volunteers and veterans who are consistently reaching out and holding local peer groups in the community.  Through their efforts, lives are being changed.  To all those who care about veterans and their families by leading these groups, keep up the great work.

Sam - Iraq Veteran

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I was invited to this group with the idea I could help the new vets coming back.  Helping the new vets helped me realize I still had issues. After a few meetings I realized this is where I needed to be with my brothers and sisters new and old helping each other.  I had finally come home.  The men and women in this group are always there for each other no matter what!!  Groups like this are truly God sent.

They call me Jack - Vietnam Vet 1970 to 1971


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