Our Purpose and Mission
Vet to Vet Indiana provides a weekly peer support group for military veterans to receive support from their peers, in their local community.
We are Vet to Vet. We are Veterans committed to helping ourselves and other Veterans achieve recovery, and learn coping skills to deal with the psychiatric and adjustment problems we, as Veterans, face. Through these problems we can feel disconnected from ourselves and from other people:
This is a process, but if we work at it, through the identification and accomplishment of a series of small but meaningful changes, we can have a whole new outlook on life, and re-invent ourselves.
Vet to Vet is supported and trained by the Veterans Administration (VA), but is not a part of the VA.
We are not here to discuss or attain a disability rating. If you need to apply for disability or need help with your application for VA disability, any of the group facilitators will be glad to help steer you in the right direction after your group meeting. If you are not yet receiving care from the VA and need to enroll, we can help send you in the right direction to do that, also.
We are here to learn about ourselves, our problems, and how we affect the other people in our lives.
We are here to help ourselves and each other deal with problems adjusting to life after having been in combat or other military trauma. We are here to help ourselves and each other deal with problems such as anger, isolation and seclusion, anxiety and depression, and the "need" to abuse drugs or alcohol to escape from these problems. We are here to help ourselves and each other re-learn how to function in society, and how to unlearn the things the military taught us that prevent us from doing that. We are here for fellowship and our mutual benefit.
We believe that:
The 4 Rules for meetings:
1.The Rule of Safety.
We promise to do no harm to ourselves or others.
2. The Rule of Anonymity.
What is said here stays here. (Unless we hear of someone in danger of violating Rule #1, in which case we owe it to that fellow Veteran to help keep him or her safe.)
3. The Rule of Honesty.
Say what you mean. Mean what you say. We are not here to try to impress each other with our military or combat experiences. We are all in this together.
4. The Rule of Respect.
Please arrive on time. Please do not engage in side-conversations during the group. If we do not see eye to eye, we can agree to disagree. We ask that you please mute cell phones during the meetings.