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.
Featured web sites:
Aging and Disablity Resource Centers (each state listing)
"Benefits of good social support;" NCPTSD information.
"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
Huffington Post PTSD/Military Life Series, very good.
Welcome to PTSDA
PTSD Awareness Month and the Fourth of July ceremonies are now behind us and I feel we need to take more direct action to help our veterans and their families at the grass-roots, community level -- long, long before they are pushed to the wall by the impact of repeated deployments.
One strong recommendation would be a major and collective effort to established a nationwide and well publicized network of face to face, peer to peer support groups to supplement existing medically oriented agency programs.
How about having weekly such meetings at the 2,600 YMCA facilities across the nation?
A strong and interlinked United Way network of web sites carrying current info on both local veterans activities at the county level along with up to date
listings of veterans services actually existing locally?
According to public reports, we actually have thousands of veterans entities raising huge amounts of money for purported veterans assistance projects. Yet as seen in the below article; time and lives are passing us by without ACTION to help individuals right amongst us long before their concerns reach a clinical level.
Steve “K” Kubiszewski
USA (Ret), combat veteran and WA State Veterans Advocate
Retired: LMHC, MAC/CDP, NCC, CTS
FB and LInkedin.com
“PTSD isn't about what's wrong with you! It's about what happened to you!”
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
Pls check out our meeting page for new meeting sites and activities.
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 or assistance.