Welcome to PTSDA

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

Now on STANDBY Mode due to 
lack of volunteers

         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

PTSD Anonymous now on Standby Mode

posted Mar 20, 2015, 3:54 PM by Steve Kubiszewski   [ updated Jun 13, 2015, 2:39 PM ]

PTSD Anonymous is now on Standby Mode and we will monitoring requests only.  For those in crisis, please call the following numbers for any viable veterans' related assistance available in your area:

                        *  The Veterans Crisis Line at 1.800.273.8355 and press 1

                  *  United Way at 211 and ask for veterans assistance

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

               *    A lack of volunteers and retiring staff members.

               *    The need for a new Web Master and alternate backup.

·    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 daily local peer 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:

               *    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.  

                *    Increasing organization-to-organization links and coordination with other community                                                 based military/veterans assistance programs willing to support the PTSDA concept.

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

Options for continuing veteran suicides

posted Jul 5, 2014, 11:24 PM by Steve Kubiszewski   [ updated Jun 13, 2015, 2:41 PM ]


PTSD Awareness Month and the Fourth of July ceremonies come but once a year but I feel we need to take more direct action daily 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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/us/politics/wars-elite-tough-guys-hesitant-to-seek-healing.html?hp&_r=1

Steve “K” Kubiszewski
USA (Ret), combat veteran and WA State Veterans Advocate
Retired: LMHC, MAC/CDP, NCC, CTS, CEAP
http://www.ptsdanonymous.org/about
C: 253-279-2624
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“PTSD isn't about what's wrong with you!   It's about what happened to you!”

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