Sometimes you just need a friend

After becoming a member of the Vet-to-Vet Compeer program for seven months, Sarah reports: "after years of receiving VA services and being in groups, Vet-to_vet Compeer has proven to be the key that's been missing. With my dual diagnosis with mental health and substance abuse issues, I need a village to help me get along in life. It's having anew friend who is not judgmental, not all about mental health or substance abuse issues. We have a common bond and camaraderie from having served in the military. We do activities we both enjoy which get's you into life, into the world, being NORMAL in the community. Being part of the Vet Compeer program removes labels we put on ourselves and others put on us. giving me confidence of being able to be a productive member of society not just go to groups." "I recommend it to all my veteran friends - I wish I would have had this piece years ago.