Peer to Peer, Beyond the Pier

Talking about stress can be a challenge in itself. Finding someone who can relate to your experiences and help you work through them can seem even tougher—particularly with the range of stressors unique to military V4Wlife.

Recognizing the unique challenges and bonds that service members, veterans and families share, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) has sponsored Vets 4 Warriors peer support line. This resource offers active duty, National Guard, and reserve service members and families access to 24/7, free and confidential support from peers—veterans and family members who can relate to your experiences and feelings. Veterans and family members who have “been there.”

Vets 4 Warriors is not a crisis line, though staff will connect callers with immediate resources if an emergency is imminent. Rather, the network offers an outlet for callers to talk through stressors and get connected with the right resources, with the help of those who understand military life first-hand. Vets 4 Warriors’ “Veteran Peers” work diligently to connect callers with specific resources for any issue: finances, legal matters, medical services, transition or reintegration difficulties and more. They can provide information and advice, as well as referrals. And, support can be ongoing for as long as you, the caller, choose to remain engaged. Veteran Peers are not clinical or medical care providers, nor will they share any information with the military or VA. They’re simply here to lend a hand when you need help getting over any of life’s numerous hurdles.

If you choose to call Vets 4 Warriors, you can expect a non-judgmental conversation with a veteran from your branch of Service, who is ready to listen and offer help—and hope. Veteran Peers are trained to help callers feel comfortable speaking about issues, addressing the internal, external and environmental barriers that can often keep us from seeking help. Best of all, peer support offers reciprocal benefits. By talking with a Veteran Peer, you’re helping him or her grow from personal challenges as much as he or she is helping you withstand, recover and adapt from your own. That is how we truly build resilience. Together.

For more information, visit http://www.vets4warriors.com/ or call 1-855-838-8255 toll-free. You may also email or start a live chat with a Veteran Peer. For OCONUS callers, please click here for instructions.

One response to “Peer to Peer, Beyond the Pier

  1. Lend a hand when somebody is on need, referring to military family life, where stress is not occasionale but a component of daily activity and is also on the possible challengesm one may face is like a breath of air, like a lymph. it count more and is a care for the stressor life of buddies, relied for more time on a confined space of a ship and not for a trip but for duty and for patrol, clen, make sure sea and ground, for combat, for give a bridge to ground forcs, for all is to be done. A life not easy and for whom we plaude buddies, a life where one may feel to be alone , to not be supported. buddies, to all tou I say:You are not alone and we support you ever, you are on our hearts and thoughts, on our prayers, we live with you all your problems, that are ours. When wounded we also are so and wait you are reestablished. we are a family, all members all buddies all one for others. Be sure you are never be nor are alone, never.Share with us your problems and necessities we reaffirm are ours. claudio alpaca

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