This organization assists Iraq/Afghanistan vets and helps us re-asimilate, as well as deal with WAr and all its isssues we carry home with us. I went to an alll expenses paid 'retreat' for FEMALE Warriors that is so new its unheard of---and yet there are many of us, myself included, who were wounded in the line of duty in Iraq/Afghanistan. We are the unknown ver population. Women are 'out there'--serving as gunners and every other field needed during a war. I was a field surgeon who served almost three years in Iraq in 3 tours until wounded in 2007. I spent almost 3 YEARS getting treatment for my injuries, lost my med license from a head injury, and was retired--spit out by the US Army. We females have many issues that we need the support and PRIVACY offered by Vets4Vets in this retreat---where we can cry if we need to and not be ashamed that we are weak for doing it. We hold up under pressure and have many war experiences the same as other guys---yet we are women, and we need each other, need female support, and need our sig. others to at least TRY and understand us. This organization put on a retreat where we opened up, learned, grew and healed together. They had volunteer counselors as well as a great outdoor experience in San Louis Obispo, Ca. I will never forget it. Since I am now a retired physician, I offered to be a volunteer for them--they do GREAT work. There is really no one concentrating on IRAQ and AFghanistan vets. We are different from Viet Nam, different from Desert Storm----we have unique experiences. They are meeting our NEEDS in a great way. They are a GREAT org!!!! I thank them every day for the healing I experienced at that retreat!
My experience with Vets4Vets was really an empowering experience. I was able to freely bond with other veterans who encoutered some of the same hardships that I encountered. We were allowed a platform to be free and not judged by our thought and experiences. We were in a remote location that was close to nature and it created an even more serene atmosphere.
First off let me say "I am NOT a COMBAT Vet"! I am a Marine Corps Vet and served with Fox Co. 2/8 2nd Mar Div. I am a "disabled Vet" and served 82-86 and have my own problems, but would never look a "Combat Vet" in the eye and say "I understand" even with my training. I was fortunate, maybe even lucky some would say to never have had to apply the skills I was taught and trained for. I am always looking for ways to help other Vets as well as help myself and was introduced to Vets4Vets a couple of years ago by my friend Joe Sturdivant whom I met while serving on the Mental Health Consumer Council at the VA Hospital in La Jolla California and is also an OIF/OEF Case Manager for the VA and Veteran Advocate. Even though I am not a "Combat Vet" Jim Driscoll, founder of Vets4Vets and the staff allowed me to attend 4 Vets4Vets weekend workshops around the Country and the best I can come up with to say is "WOW"! While Vets4Vets is no "Silver Bullet" the effect's are awesome. Again like I said earlier I am no combat vet and face my own problems and V4V helped put things in perspective for me and I got to witness first hand what it did for our men and women, "gay" and "straight" who have had to face the horrors of war. I have been in the VA system as a patient for 23 years and have seen many Vet programs and in my own humble opinion Vets4Vets has to be one of the best I have seen and been a part of. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of really good programs for Vets out there this just happens to be one that I personally know about, was fortunate to have been allowed to be a small part of, and stand behind 100%. The great thing about Vets4Vets is that it is truly "Non-Partisan, Non-Political"! No Doctors, No "Rank", just men and women who have been there done that, or like in my case, have a closer connection than most. I feel confidant saying that all monies that go to helping Vets4Vets help our Vets is money very well spent and deserved. I am not employed by, or have any connection with Vets4Vets other than being a disabled Marine Corps Vet who was helped by and had the fortune and honor of being allowed to attend Vets4Vets weekend workshops. As for the question below that asks "How frequently have I been involved with the organization"? Directly? or Indirectly? Directly, at the 4 workshops I attended I got to spend time with Jim and participate in the groups and feel as well as see the beginning of much needed healing. Indirectly, This is an every day thing for me. I spread the word about Vets4Vets via he internet and in person to anyone and everyone who is interested in knowing and learning what V4V is about and it's benefits. What did you do? I sought the help I desperately needed and found Vets4Vets by accident or coincidence either way V4V was a huge help. As for "Your role" My role is being a Veteran myself and making sure my fellow Vets know about organizations like this that are out there for us and are ready and willing to help. What did you do? That is a broad question. What I did do and what I continue to do is to help Veterans of all eras in any way I can. Is this review for a specific contest? YES A Race. The Human race and those of us that served for whatever our reasons are, or were, and to make sure that our service to our "Country" was not in vain. When was your last experience with this nonprofit? That would be like asking me "When was my last experience with oxygen". I live this every day of my life with honor and pride.
Vets4Vets was a GREAT peersupport group that helped me out alot in 2008 and I am now wanting to go back and talk about my experiences in Combat and let that load off of shoulders again. I takes more than once or twice to help yourself, it takes years.
This group has some of the most caring people I ever met. As a infantry vet I wasn't sure about taking to anyone about anything. All I knew was I needed to talk. They gave me an outlet and friends who understood. What more could I ask for? If you are considering contributing or going there for help you will not go wrong.