Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Vet2Vet Enters 5th Year
The Providence VA Medical Center's Vet2Vet program has reached a new milestone, facilitating wellness groups for five years as of March 2013. Vietnam Veterans Don Sullivan and Ron Whitcomb started their training in the summer of 2007, and they were certified as Veteran facilitators the following January. Ron and Don are grateful to the VA and VA staff for all they have done to help them along the way. There are many who have supported them for what they do, and they sincerely appreciate the advocacy.
In 2011, Vet2Vet added Vietnam Veteran Rick Braley to its operation. RIck has substantially added to the mission goals. Vet2Vet reached out to the Rhode Island community these past years and has received a great deal of support from all to include the Rhode Island National Guard. It has been a long and interesting journey. Ron and Don would like to thank the Veterans of all wars and conflicts who attend their groups.
Vet2Vet is a partnership program that uses Veterans in a peer-counseling capacity to help other Veterans. It's all about Veterans helping Veterans. Each peer counselor has completed a six-week peer-facilitator training program that teaches him or her how to facilitate peer group sessions and introduces program learning topics. During sessions, counselors and participants concentrate on present-centered wellness, and one of the most important aspects is laughter which they believe is “good medicine” for the soul.
The Vet2Vet team looks forward to a long and enjoyable relationship with the VA, Veterans, the National Guard, and the community as a whole.
If you would be interested in attending a group on Thursdays, Vet2Vet meets from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in room 393, and also in T33 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Thank you again to everyone who has helped us make Operation Vet2Vet a success.