Welcome to PTSDA

PTSDA: Veterans networking with veterans -
                             "peer to peer"
           "Veterans -- past, present and future"

Founded at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

         A nationwide network of community based, non-clinical, veteran lead support group meetings for those suffering from military trauma and seeking the fellowship of their peers.  These meetings do not/do not replace medical, counseling or therapy resources.


News and Announcements...

Featured web sites:

Aging and Disablity Resource Centers (each state listing)
"Heroestohometowns" community assistance; American Legion coalition in WA State.  Is there one in your community?
"Once a warrior, always a warrior," book by Charles W. Hogue

Request for assistance and coordination

posted Apr 20, 2012, 7:37 PM by Steve Kubiszewski   [ updated Mar 17, 2014, 4:36 PM ]

PTSDA is currently reviewing its concept, staffing and meeting times/locations in light of:

·            The continued stigma encountered by many in the military to seek assistance.

·            The traditional long delays in processing VA claims and the subsequent waiting times to actually enter veterans’ services and to have accompanying local support while in treatment.

*        The poorly coordinated or absence of community peer and mentor support activities to assist veterans outside of formal agency programs, career transition, and life changes.

·            The lack of spouse and significant others (S/Os) support particularly in underserved areas, both in distance and travel times.

         We are looking to:

·            Increasing organization-to-organization links and coordination with other community based military/veterans assistance programs.

·            Inviting more volunteer mentors and meeting coordinators to serve on PTSDA’s current Board of Advisors, to assist in running the PTSDA web site, and to recon new meeting locations, times and population bases.

What to Expect:  PTSD isn't about what's wrong with you!   It's about what happened to you! (Jim Davis, CEO, Veterans for Change)

         PTSDA is a concept for a peer-to-peer, mentor networking forum to discuss the everyday struggles of living with PTSD (TBI, MST, and other military related issues) and to explore possible solutions with others in a safe and caring environment.  This highlights our veterans’ and families’ strengths to work together and care for others at the community level.  They are already properly trained and highly experienced to working in teams and helping themselves.

         PTSDA meetings are not intended to be “group counseling” sessions.  We do not discuss the details of actual events.  Those discussions are best left for counseling or therapy. Many soldiers and veterans, however, attend PTSDA meetings as a supplement to their counseling sessions and other treatment activities.

         It is envisioned that spouses, significant others (S/Os), and mature family members may want to have their own defined sessions also.

All Meetings are confidential, peer run and no-cost:

 

             No Rank or Position          No Last Names       No Attendance Taken             

             No Reports Sent               No notes taken

             No “war stories”                   Discussions Do Not Leave the Meeting

             No command or court mandated attendance

    Professional and productive comments greatly appreciated!

 

Visit PSTDA at: www.ptsdanonymous.org/about

Ft Lewis Ranger magazine article about PTSDA

posted Mar 26, 2012, 7:36 PM by Steve Kubiszewski   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 9:00 PM ]

We continue to believe that more can and should be done with our military and veterans community at the local, peer level.

 
http://www.northwestmilitary.com/families/health/2013/02/Local-group-helps-Servicemembers-veterans-with-PTSD/

With your assistance and awareness, we hope to expand the concept to all vets, families, wive and partners.

New app for military and veterans networking

posted Jun 13, 2011, 8:04 PM by Steve Kubiszewski   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 9:05 PM ]

   As many of you know, amid the overall confusing amount of military and veterans assistance resources, we still have little focus on those things which the actual individual can use to do their own local/national networking directly with their peers and former buddies.  I have downloaded the info and I believe that time is right to support those willing enough to develop such an app.  

*   Vet Locator:     Position Report -- new app by POS REP

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pos-rep/id576207095?mt=8

POS-REP, short for “position report,” is a new social networking mobile app that allows military and veterans to locate other Veterans, communicate and find resources in their area. The app, currently in the final stages of Apple approval, was developed by Anthony Allman, an Army Veteran, with a five man team. The inspiration for the mobile app came from the devastating loss of former Marine Clay Hunt, whose depression and PTSD eventually led to his suicide in March of 2011. On Business Insider, Allman explained there were three other Veterans within ten miles of Hunt. After that realization, the idea of an app that connects Veterans with others in their area was born. The free download has multiple features, including Radar, which shows a map of other nearby Veterans and allows users to broadcast their own locations if they choose. There is also Sitrep, which allows Veterans to post status updates and communicate with one another. The mobile app’s long-term goal is to ease the transition from the military by providing additional support and resources through local connections with others who are experiencing, or have experienced the transition themselves.  

         The developers are currently working  on the Android version soon to be released.  They fully realize the potential interest from military wives and partners but they have limited staff and resources at this time.  

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