As we’ve detailed in previous posts, military members deal with many challenges after their period of service is over. These changes include adjusting to the unique demands of civilian life and finding a support system to help them deal with PTSD.
Those who’ve experienced the unique stress of critical incidents in the military need a special type of counseling to help them cope with things that civilians go through every day without even thinking.
Higher Education Can Be Difficult For Those Without PTSD Support
According to the VA, over 850,000 people are using the GI Bill this year alone. As many veterans exercise their right to higher education after service, peer support programs have sprung up at many universities and colleges. Recently, the University of Michigan Health System and the Student Veterans of America collaborated to create a peer support program that would be of use to veterans on campuses across America.
Called Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE), the program originated in Michigan but has now been implemented at over 40 schools across the country and partnered with the VA to expand its outreach for those dealing with military stress.
The PAVE program aims to provide support for PTSD and critical incident stress management by:
- Connecting trained student veterans at participating schools with incoming student veterans to foster a greater sense of PTSD support and community
- Making access to physical, emotional, mental health, and academic resources easier for student veterans
- Sharing best practices for increasing student veteran engagement and success in academic pursuits
Interested in becoming part of a program like PAVE in your own community? Contact Peer Support Central today to learn how our training courses for PTSD support, critical incident counseling, military stress management can turn you into a hero for your fellow veterans.