Veteran 2 Veteran Program
Our Veteran 2 Veteran (V2V) program is a holistic approach to helping wounded, ill and injured service members find success in their civilian lives. V2V pairs struggling service members with a Veteran Lead, a peer who has successfully made the military to civilian transition, for a one-on-one mentorship experience.
Veteran 2 Veteran: How We Assist
When service members transition out of the military and return to their local communities, they face feelings of isolation, loneliness, fear and uncertainty, among many others. Many of those service members are challenged with diagnoses of post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and significant physical injuries which create additional hurdles when making a successful transition. These conditions can cause extreme stress for veterans and their families throughout the transition period which can lead to relationship problems, financial strain, homelessness, substance abuse, unemployment or even suicide.
How Does It Work?
- Veteran Leads help transitioning service members navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs benefit system to include submitting paperwork, making appointments and appealing a disability rating. Some service members may need help finding a career or pursuing an education, while others may need assistance connecting with local services for further evaluation or treatment.
- Veteran Leads help each service member develop an individualized transition plan that reflects his or her specific needs. For those with PTSD, TBI or severe physical injuries like amputations, this support is critical.
- Each Veteran Lead works a specific geographical region of the country and is knowledgeable on the resources, job opportunities and community services available to the veterans of each state.
- Veteran Leads also hold workshops across the US, helping our service members with resume and interview preparations and financial coaching.