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Vets4Vets
April 1, 2010

As a Marine Iraq Veteran of two tours, I experienced and witness a lot of negative situations in the war. After I discharge from the service, I was feeling a sense of isolation and many other symptoms that I had. I ended finding out that it was PTSD symptoms that I was having. I was diagnosed with PTSD from the VA and I started receiving treatment through them. Even though I was receiving treatment, I felt that I was still struggling in school and my social life; due to my symptoms. In late 2007, I attended my first Vets4Vets workshop. Immediately, I felt extremely comfortable and there I learned and experienced the peer support. Vets4Vets has been a place where I can share and talk about my experience without anyone judging me. With their support and guidance I have felt that this organization has helped me more on my journey to recover from my PTSD disability. The VA has been a great help, yet I credit Vets4Vets more for my recovery. Ever since my first workshop I attended, I have felt better as a person. I strongly encourage every Veteran to attend these workshops because peer support is a big tool to utilize and it does help talking to other combat veterans. Since Vets4Vets has helped me so much, I have started our own Vets4Vets chapter in Los Angeles and have local meetings on a monthly basis. We even had a family BBQ at the park for Veterans and over 100 Veterans and their families participated.

The Great!

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

multiple workshops that I attended and having monthly peer support meetings with our local LA chapter.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to higher a staff member in the big cities of the country to promote the organization, instead of having a volunteer do it.

More feedback

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

that its a peer support organization where Iraq/Afghanistan veterans support each other.

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

really supportive and have helped me a lot.

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

hire more local leaders in their respective states and can promote the organization and fundraise their own local chapters.

Ways to make it better...

I had more financial support to help our local chapter.

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

raising money to keep the organization running.

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

vets4vets has helped me so much mentally and emotionally. If I had never experienced this organization, I would probably would had a my PTSD really bad. They have helped me to manage and take control of my life again.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Have monthly peer support meetings in our local area.