MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The Morris County Veterans Services Office and NewBridge Services have begun a bimonthly veteran peer support group, which meets the first and third Thursdays of each month.
The 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. sessions are free to all veterans no matter their length of service or discharge status. Veteran Tim Slavin is facilitating and guiding the conversations among veterans to aid in healing and recovery.
The veteran peer support group meets at the Morris County Veterans Service Office located at 540 West Hanover Avenue in Morris Township. The entrance is at the rear of the Morris View Healthcare Center. For more information and to register, contact NewBridge Services at 973-316-9333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans who were in combat or separated from family for extended periods may experience added life stressors, and peer support groups may help.
“A peer support group for veterans is a way to come together to share stories of the stressors of deployment and the impact this stress has had on their lives,” NewBridge CEO Michelle Borden said. “It allows for an opportunity to forge connections of hope, recovery and support and to know they are not alone.”
The veteran peer support group is one of three initiatives approved by the Morris County Board of County Commissioners in September at the recommendation of Commissioner Deputy Director John Krickus, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. The county launched a program to host veteran roundtables and social events last fall, and the county Department of Human Services is working to launch a veteran and family support counseling program soon.
Krickus said in September that he wants veterans, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, “to know that we not only honor their service on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but we are here to support you every day of the year.”