Vet to Vet is a self-help program where veterans help other veterans live with mental illness, overcome substance abuse, and deal with other issues they face in their lives. Participants work every day towards lives that are stable, safe, and sober. The program provides a place for mutual self-help, support meetings, and incorporates practices from other mental health programs. Vet to Vet gives veterans their own forum, where they can talk together about the mental, health, emotional, and life issues they share. It is unique because these are veteran-run meetings and not attended by program staff.
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At ECCC, there are five Vet to Vet group meetings each week:
The Vet to Vet Preamble states:
Moe Armstrong on Vet to Vet
In 1997, I started the Peer Educators project in Massachusetts. In 2002 I came back to my work with Mental Illness Anonymous and started “Vet to Vet” at the Errera CCC, which was also a research project with the MIREC. Then in 2005, after publicity at a conference on Peer Support, in Memphis, Vet to Vet spread throughout the country. Vet to Vet started at ECCC and this is the epicenter of the program. People come here to train in Vet to Vet.
I’m an ex-recon guy that developed a mental illness and we’re getting through.
About Vet to Vet
The program is not based on strong leaders, rather, the program is based on mutuality. It is a learning teaching process, where we try to get people to learn and teach simultaneously. We say “gladly teach, gladly learn.” We also identify future facilitators at the meetings. When I attend meetings I try to enjoy what we have built. I do not facilitate.
The Future of Vet to Vet
The future of Vet to Vet is the same as the future of all mental health. Mental health was not set up as a prevention model, rather, it was set up as a crisis model. Vet to Vet teaches people to recognize the triggers that might set a person on a downward spiral of mental illness. With Vet to Vet we will suffer from these conditions, but we will cope and not be disabled by them. We will be able to live with our illness.
For more about Moe, click here: https://sites.google.com/site/erreraccc/vet-to-vet-1/moe-armstrong
To see a video about Moe receiving his medals, click here: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Vietnam-Veteran-Gets-Medals/168957926
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