Peer To Peer

Veterans Unstoppable is our confidential, no-cost program and service to warriors and their loved ones facing post traumatic stress injury and other invisible wounds of military service.  This program currently has three sub-programs; peer support groups, retreats and service dogs.  We hope to add a Life Skills phase in the future for severely affected Veterans.  We are currently looking to train peer facilitators to open new peer groups.  To enroll in a retreat or join or open a peer group please contact (570)534-2812.

PEER SUPPORT GROUP

This is a Veteran support group moderated by Veterans Unstoppable trained group facilitators who guide discussions and discovery. This phase focuses on helping these men and women become aware of family patterns and life events that shaped their current view of the world.

We believe these events and patterns are aggravated by traumatic events. The result is a cloud that obstructs the Veteran’s view of life. When tested, this clouded judgment can lead to anger management shortfalls, substance abuse and lack of personal warmth. This breakdown in personal skills is the first domino to fall in a series of events causing the alarming statistics.

PEER RETREAT COUNSELING

There is a huge gap in normal between our Veterans and civilians.  We take people who may have worked 22 hours days, carrying 70 pounds on their backs in 100 degree heat, while people did their best to try to kill them and the people they care about without complaining, and we immerse them back into a society where people get upset if the boss wants them to stay and extra 15 minutes to complete something.  It is social oil and water. This kind of social readjustment is paramount.

This phase of the Veterans Unstoppable program is for the moderately and severely affected Veterans. It consists of a blend of education and life projects spread over several months. The program, conducted in a retreat setting with professional counseling staff, begins with a discovery of each individual’s past, and ends with an empowering self-made plan for their future. This is a series of six retreats.

PHASE 3 – LIFE SKILL APPLICATION

For some Veterans it will take some time to practice their skills before returning to “normal life.”

Our Phase 3 is intended to immerse a Veteran in life situations to practice these new skills, without fear of failure. The goal is to gradually increase human interaction as the Veterans progress, until they are able and ready to advance to the workforce. This transition will provide the best opportunity for the most severely war affected Veterans to succeed and have a healthy readjustment to civilian life.

In order to successfully integrate this phase of the program, we need a facility where Veterans have the opportunity to interface with people in a working environment. Currently, Paul's House (and soon Kevin's House) serves this need. It creates diverse job opportunities with varying degrees of human interaction overseen by staff familiar with the Veterans Unstoppable program. The skills required to perform here are ideally suited to the community needs of the tourism-based economy of the local area.

Finding Closure

Traumatic events in war stay with Veterans. Finding closure can relieve some of the burden of these tragic events.  We help Veterans make a plan to find some closure.

The weekly peer to peer support sessions pave the road to a brighter future through our Veterans Unstoppable program.

• NO Convicted Felons

• NO Dishonorable or "In Lieu of Court Martial" Discharges

• NO Active Addiction