Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation this week will launch a free weekly online support meeting for U.S. veterans and active military personnel, recognizing the potential of peer support to assist veterans with a variety of struggles.
The addiction treatment organization is partnering in the effort with Moe Armstrong, a Vietnam veteran who founded the national Vet to Vet program that encourages mentorship for veterans with substance use and mental health concerns. The initial online meeting will take place March 13 at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Those interested in attending may join Hazelden Betty Ford's free online Social Community, click on the “Chat Now” button at the bottom of the screen, and enter “Room A” at meeting time.
“We all know that veterans home from war can struggle for years with the effects of trauma,” Nick Motu, vice president of Hazelden Betty Ford's Institute for Recovery Advocacy, said in a March 11 news release. “Peer support, along with solid professional help when needed, gives our heroes the chance to restore sane, stable, safe and sober lives.”