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May 25, 2011

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March 31, 2010

How can anyone write a review about an organization that has saved the lives of so many, and has the potential to change the lives of so many more. I learned about Vets4Vets V4V at a time in my life w... more

May 25, 2011

As the year has passed I have continued to be impresses with the results the staff are able to obtain when working with Iraq and Afghanistan - Era veterans during their transition back home. As we all know, that transition may take a very long time but having an organization such as Vets 4 Vets available 24 / 7 to assist during the bumps in the road is priceless.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The bottom line for this organization is - I personally have knowledge of how it has saved the lives of many veterans.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the presence throughout the country.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I would chang nothing.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It saved my life.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Empowered.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 31, 2010

How can anyone write a review about an organization that has saved the lives of so many, and has the potential to change the lives of so many more. I learned about Vets4Vets V4V at a time in my life when the services of such an organization was sorely needed. I have learned that peer support, and the time to tell my story, are invaluable. I have watched first hand the power V4V peer support groups have on those who finally come to one of the workshops. I will continue to participate in such workshops not only as a casual observer but as one who will lead groups discussions, providing that vital peer support all veterans deserve after returning from the rigors of combat. There is no doubt in the mind of this 37 year Marine veteran that the program as presented by V4V is the most powerful ever offered. Semper Fi - Tim Bahr, CWO-4, USMC (Retired / IRR)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

directly participating with other veterans at workshops and seeing the changes in less than 48 hours of those who need peer support the most.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the respect I get and the togetherness I feel after attending one of the workshops.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

experienced and professional to a person.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to reach out to more Iraq and Afghan veterans with the possibility of expanding to families of such veterans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 1, 2010

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April 1, 2010

Vet4Vets has enable to move forward with my life and to realize thta their those who really care and are aware of veterans who suffer emotional and ohsycholigical issues as a result of serving out great nation in times of peace and combat. The organization made me realize thta I am NOT forgotten and thta their are others out there thta do suffer great emotional and phsycohological issues. I retired from the military and sufferred PTSD and other medical issues as a result of combat and felt alone and frighten and turned to alcohol to deal with my emotions as a result of PTSD. Vets4vets placed me in groups with other vets and made me realize thta their is hope for me and others like me. That their is an organization who truly cares for me. I can honestly say that if it were not for the group retreats, discussion groups, and the ability to share my turmoil and challenges in a quiet and safe environment, I would not be alive and sober today. Vets4vets is an organization that has made a positive and significant impact in life!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning coping skills to deal with my PTSD and daily life challenges as a result of serving in combat as a Navy medic.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Advertise on military bases to permit current active duty members who have already deployed in support of OIF/OEF so thay are made available the impact of Vets4vets and how they can help their tranisition into civilian life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The ability to openly discuss my traumatic experiences with a group of veterans who truly understand my pain and challenges.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, sympathetic and understanding! They care!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Become a member and reach out to veterans I know who suffer combat traumatic experiences and life challenges as a result of serving our great nation!

Ways to make it better...

More veterans thta are struggling could attend and learn thta they are not alone!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial issues. They want to reach out to many veterans and make availbale more retreats but have a small budget to work with.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization is important to me and has helped me deal with my psychological traumas as a result of combat. It has encourged me to seek sobriety and to help other veterans as well!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

My Name is Joe and I am a combat veteran of two Wars Opeartion Desert Storm and Opearation Iraqi Freedom. I first heard about Vets4vets in 2008 upon enrolling in the VA Medical Center right after my discharge from the military. At first I was skeptical about what I read and heard about this program that offered workshop retreats across the country to combat veterans at no cost. Vets4Vets gave me an opportunity to talk to other veterans like myself, by taking equal and uninterrupted turns listening and speaking. This experience has most differently increase my ability to self manage my life as I do suffer from the unhidden wounds of this war. Thank you to all whom serve to support organization such as this. Semper Fidelis, Joe Sturdivant Msgt USMC " Marine for Life"

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that it has offer me support where others that I know could not even began to understand my changed experience resulting form my combat tour.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find other ways to get donors to support our cause"Peer to peer support" this includes hiring more fultime and or part time staff.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I the social network of my peers that are like myself finding resilency and hope to a better quality of life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very professional, cordial and willing to helps veterans above and beyond the expectation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide more outreach services to more communities nationalwide to include hiring more staff members to meet the needs and concerns of our current veteran population in a partnership with other helping agencies that support veteran's needs.

Ways to make it better...

I could be more involed in reaching other veterans that seem to find it difficult to access the VA or Vets Centers in remote locals. Trying to manage school,work and a family does not allow me position to give more to this program.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The fact this country is in a financical hardship and donations and resources have become scarce.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Vets4Vets is a real world organization that is trying to assist our veterans that have "realtime" issues through the peer counseling methods.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

Hello My Name is Kevin Cottrell, I'm an Iraq Veteran from Northern New York. My first time attending a Vets4 Vets workshop was in Sept of 2008 In Stoney Point New York. This was a great experience I meet Able and Johnny from V4Vs. I learned a lot about listening turns in a group and one on one. i learned that i was not alone in the way I was thinking and feeling. I meet 25 different other vets from different areas of the U.S. but we all had the same things in common. I left this workshop with tolls in my tool box that i could use to help me and help others. I returned to college and work with my counselor to start a vets support group and a network of vets on campus. I also took away a network of friends that i can call and talk with on the phone or via email. I have attended several other vet gruops put on by the VA and found them to be less efective in helping me. The greatest outcome from my workshops is the fact I Listen to a fellow Vet and Know that it just helps to listenand aloow them to get rid of that thought that is holding them back.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping my fellow vets

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everything the support from the national office down to my contact that i have from my workshops

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach it's goal of help 20,000 vets and then

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

The Vets4Vets concept and model is outstanding. The Leaders Weekend was well run and well led. That's where the organization seems to fall apart. My experience with them is they are great organizers with non-existent follow through. After repeated emails and phone calls I heard from them only once and that was to ask for a donation. The sad part is that I've been extremely successful using the V4V model in my area and have already "talked a guy off the ledge" as well as become a player in the Veteran community and with the VA. So while I wish the program nothing but success because they provide outstanding tools they fail in the area most critical: communication.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my community by standing up a V4V support model and used the communication skills to talk a fellow vet out of suicidal thoughts.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

take a more proactive role in developing communities

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning how to execute peer counseling.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very cool and took care of us very well.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

seriously do some good in a community that is repeating the same mistakes made by our fathers after Vietnam. The Veteran community is in need of a serious intervention

Ways to make it better...

they supported me while I built membership. Shit, a returned email or voicemail would have been nice.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

(is) communication post workshops.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

Michael John Lemke February 24, 1959 Chicago, IL Occupations in adult life: Army: Military Policeman, Unit Training NCO, Infantryman, Combat Engineer, Civilian: shipping/receiving manager, commercial truck driver, certified secondary education social sciences teacher, NY State mental health worker, Colorado Certified Addictions Counselor, Colorado adult parole contract therapist, Transportation Security Administration supervisor. Current graduate student, Colorado Christian University, M.A. Counseling expected 2009. 1977-1980 Active Duty Army Military Policeman Fort Carson, CO and Dexheim, Federal Republic of Germany 1980-1989 Army Reserve New York State, Colorado, and Panama 2001-2004 Colorado Army National Guard (Activated four times) 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics Athlete Security Detail, Airport Security Detail, Colorado’s Hayman Fire in the Pike National Forest 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom Military Police Sergeant operating in areas ranging from Kuwait to Baghdad, search for WMD, convoy security, main supply route patrolling, counter-insurgency operations, cordon and search, weapons seizures 2004 Medically Discharged after a year in “medical hold” at Fort Carson. Awarded 20% disability rating by Army and 80% by VA. Had to repay Army severance amount of @ $28,000 out of VA disability pay. 19-year-old daughter, Heidi in college in Upstate NY (St. Bonaventure) My current residence is Colorado Springs, CO I initially joined the Army in 1977 to serve, and expected a war with Iran or East Bloc countries during the Cold War. I left due to my medical discharge, being disgusted with the Army’s treatment of its own soldiers, and finding myself not believing or being able to trust my superiors, especially the Commander-in-Chief. I was a kid during the Vietnam War, and extremely influenced to serve by its veterans. I began to suspect that war was wrong as a teenager, but still joined the Army. I admired the Vietnam vets I met in the Army (including many Vietnamese-Americans) for their courage, and at the same time began to believe the anti-war movement had been right. I was completely aware of the implications of Kent State and songs like “Ohio”. I am completely supportive of all Vietnam Era and all veterans who served in any war. I think that Korea was our last moral decision to wage war. I do not believe Vietnam was necessary or about fighting Communism. I volunteered to go in again because of 9-11. My college room-mate, Mark Munnelly, was at Ground Zero as a firefighter, and I saw him on Tom Brokaw on NBC. I was very enraged by the act of terrorism on innocents. I was, however, unconvinced of WMD in Iraq and expected to go to Afghanistan to fight Bin Laden’s people and get him. I now feel the Iraq War is a colossal waste of life and money, and has greatly weakened our nation, its military, its treasury, and its government. Neil's work regarding "Living with War" - the album, tour, and website makes me proud I have always associated myself with his music and messages. He is a truth-seeking soul carrying a nation through self-deception and governmental lies. He is a man of great personal integrity, self-searching, and visionary. But he is also a realist. I assess what he does as delivering a rare form of consciousness to the world, at least for those who are awake, and not asleep at the wheel. He is a messenger trying to leave a legacy of truth and has always seemed to be willing to expose himself to the dangers of that. He has the heart of a warrior; he just joins the battle on the field of conscience. Certainly that is equal to the mundane tasks of war. Being part of his movie, “CSNY DéjàV”, which (premiered at Sundance in 2008) makes me feel like not everything I did was a waste. It has made me feel more pain and empathy for the innocent Iraqi people who are dying every day. I don’t feel anything for terrorists. I live with PTSD and many things physically wrong with me, and regret that I went to Iraq. I live with a lot of pain and anger. I am doing my best to turn it all into something good. That’s what my friend Neil Young would have me do. That’s what my Creator would have me do. But it’s not easy “Living With War”. Neil has helped my healing process in what he has done here. He and his wife are full of love and respect. I honor them and the band, and what they all have done here. I want Americans to listen to their veterans for once, their hearts, and their consciences, not the media spin-doctors, propaganda, and politicians. I want every man and woman who served in this war to come home now, and everyone who suffered mental and physical wounds to be treated properly by the government that made the mistake of sending them to this crazy thing.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Elections results I was happy with a s a voter.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have them get more involved on Capitol Hill.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They walk their talk.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and personally kind and focused.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be happy.

Ways to make it better...

They used me more to speak on behalf of veterans' needs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

being inappropriately labelled "liberal" andstead of being analyzed for their content and mission.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I want this org to succeed and get more vets in both elected and appointed government positions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

I have been lucky enough to participate with the Vets 4 Vets program for the last 6 months. The group is very responsive to the needs of returning vets and John has bent over backwards to support my departments program for returning officers. In Mar we had a training event set-up especially for ADOC vets to help us become part of the vet 4 vet program. For me this has been vbery important because I have my own issues to deal with and by helping others I have begun to understand my needs. The training was very professionally done, and was enjoyed by all. I have nothing but good comments and feelings about the Vets 4 Vets program. This is one of the most important tools that help vets feel part of the societies they defended.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My ability to understand my own concerns, and freely et them in the open without worry of people thinking bad of me. THese are men and women who have walked the same sand and ate the same dirt.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Develop the program into a much larger and better supported (resources) group of trainers and counselers.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Very responsive and dedicated to vets

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very professional, totally commited to the group.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do nation wide work with returning vets and expand into supporting past and future vets.

Ways to make it better...

I had found this 5 years ago

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Overall the largest challenge is going to be resources. The economy in AZ is very hard right now and for a non-profit group it is getting harder to find people to support any NPO. This group is very important but like most of the NPO's as the resources

One thing I'd also say is that...

Vets 4 Vets is an investment in the future of our country. We can never forget our vets or leave them to heal on thier own. We failed our Vets in the past we must not fail the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

Vets4Vets is an awesome non profit that brings veterans who served during the OIF/OEF era together in a supportive peer support environment. I have been working with Vets4Vets for two years and I have been able to hold two workshops in New York. We were able to hold over 50 workshops and see over 1100 veterans. This is a service that many veterans need and it is a great way to support each other.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The honesty and comaraderie.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great to work with and really cared about you!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach out to all veterans.

Ways to make it better...

I would have know about them sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

They provide a service that is beneficial to veterans

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

I attended a couples workshop with my husband. It was a very meaningful experience. I was so moved and proud when I heard all the personal stories. It was also nice to hear the wives perspectives. Vets 4 Vets did a great job of finding a nice facility where we were pampered with nice catered meals. I would recommend any veteran to participate in this awesome program!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is the nice people that ran the program and the amazing people that attended the event.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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