For the past two years, NAMI Cook County North Suburban has offered a support group specifically for veterans. The program is open to male and female veterans from any branch of the military who all have, at some time, experienced symptoms of combat stress. Participants range from veterans of the Vietnam War to those from current conflicts. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays (also offered virtually) as part of veterans’ healing and return to society.
According to facilitator, Dr. Philip J. Metres, Jr., “What makes this group bonded and powerful, both emotionally and psychologically, is the sense of near-instant camaraderie. Shared experiences of brotherhood, the fears and uncertainty of combat, and the sense that all are survivors of the different conflicts they’ve fought in. Dealing with the aftermath of war often takes vets some time to begin to have a perspective to begin to acknowledge and want to share.”
Unlike other NAMI support groups, pre-screening is required to assess and determine the vet’s readiness to be open to the group process. For more information, click here.