PTSDA is currently reviewing its concept, staffing and meeting times/locations in light of:
stigma encountered by many in the military to seek assistance.
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:
links and coordination with other community based military/veterans assistance
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
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