"Leave No One Behind"

Combat Support Groups

The members discuss current, personal issues and how their combat experience impacts how they deal with these issues. For example:

  • How their hyper-alertness and anger outburst impact their relationships.
  • They share with each other what’s worked and what hasn’t worked when learning how to live in a civilian world that doesn’t understand them.
  • They learn that when they’re with other combat vets they are normal. In other words, for having been in combat we are normal.

They learn that:

  1. Combat did change them
  2. No matter what they do, they can’t change #1;
  3. Drugs, alcohol, isolating and denial don’t work as coping behaviors
  4. With the support of other combat vets, they too can learn to live with PTSD from combat.

Being with men and women who know in their hearts and minds what they are living with doesn’t make PTSD go away, it does however, lessen the impact. It changes PTSD from a shameful, feared monster into an issue that together the combat vets can deal with.

Triple Threat
The weekly VVSD Triple Threat Group meets for approximately one hour at 7:30 PM on Wednesday at Veterans Village of San Diego 4141 Pacific Highway. The name of the Group, “Triple Threat” refers to being addicted to alcohol, drugs, or both and having PTSD from combat.

Each meeting has a volunteer leader and secretary. It uses the twelve step program borrowed from Alcoholics Anonymous as a rehabilitation plan to deal with addiction as well as PTSD from combat.

Attendees are not required to talk. If an attendee does choose to talk, he/she shares what he/she wants to share without fear of being interrupted, contradicted or judged. In other words, it is a safe place for a combat vet. The sense of fellowship that the combat vet experienced in combat, which is lost, is regained. The group has been in existence for over twenty years.

New Breed Triple Threat
The weekly VVSD New Breed Triple Threat Group meets for approximately one hour at 7:30 PM on Mondays at Veterans Village of San Diego’s Hickman Hall. 4141 Pacific Highway.

The name of the Group, “Triple Threat” refers to being addicted to alcohol, drugs, or both and having PTSD from combat. New Breed Triple Threat is exclusively for OEF/OIF veterans.

Each meeting has a volunteer leader and secretary. It uses the twelve step program borrowed from Alcoholics Anonymous as a rehabilitation plan to deal with addiction as well as PTSD from combat.

Attendees are not required to talk. If an attendee does choose to talk, he/she shares what he/she wants to share without fear of being interrupted, contradicted or judged. In other words, it is a safe place for a combat vet. The sense of fellowship that our most recent combat vets experienced in combat is hopefully regained.

You have been forever changed by your experiences in combat…Combat veterans of this and other eras know how to assist you.

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