Providing free services for veterans and families in Boulder County, CO
• Scheduled programs include four ongoing support groups facilitated by licensed therapists – for veterans with PTSD/Addiction issues, for veteran volunteers, and for women with a military connection. The alcohol-free drop-in center is open week days and many Sundays where veterans and family members come to relax, use a computer, and socialize. Acupuncture, massage, mindfulness training, and frequent social events are available for veterans and family members.
• Educational opportunities such as The Veteran Family Talk Series are open to the public, and address PTSD, TBI, Suicide Prevention, Alcoholism and Secondary Trauma. VHVnow also uses radio, newspaper and television interviews to reach the public. We recently created a DVD on “PTSD and TBI Awareness” for the justice system.
• One-on-one support involves a volunteer assisting an individual client. Examples include visiting clients in jail or at a homeless day shelter, driving veterans to the V.A., or helping a mother or spouse cope. Our veteran volunteers are not professional counselors or therapists; they are good listeners who will understand.
• Referrals to the V.A., to a benefit officer, to a homeless shelter, etc. The clients receive extensive support (in person and by phone or emails) that increases their likelihood of follow-through.
All our programs begin with quarterly input from veterans, family members, veteran service providers and community members. As our capacity builds, we hope to collaborate with others for transitional housing for veterans and to start a for-profit business operated by veterans.
Veteran volunteers do not provide diagnosis or treatment; they are not professional counselors. They are peers who will provide support and referrals for service.
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