Why  is it Important to have Volunteers Targeted Specifically for Veterans?

  • Potential for better match of patients and volunteers based on similar areas of interest and background
  • People who have common life experiences  usually begin to trust each other. Trust with Veterans who have PTSD is especially difficult to establish.
  • Veterans can form a camaraderie that can penetrate their civilian social roles. Matching branch of service or time of service is ideal, but not required .
  • The culture of stoicism & societal reactions can discourage Veterans from sharing their war experiences. Trained volunteers can learn how to create a safe, emotional environment for their comrades
  • When one Veteran talks to another, stoicism and secrecy may dissolve (or, detrimentally reinforced!)
  • Veterans share a common language; code of conduct and honor; own culture
  • Sharing supports life review and healing