What is the difference between Resiliency Trainings and Peer to Peer Programs like Warrior to Warrior?

“Resilience is the ability to persist in the face of challenges and to bounce back from adversity” – From Karen Reivich, Martin E. P. Seligman and Sharon McBride’s article “Master Resilience Training in the U.S. Army” in Jan. 2011 American Psychologist. 

Resiliency is a personal attribute or ability to succeed or grow during challenging times. It is an individual ability whereas, Peer to Peer programs such as the Warrior to Warrior rely on others extending a helping hand to assist fellow service members during their struggles.

Don’t all Veterans qualify for Veterans Benefits?

NO, there are a lot of factors that go into determining eligibility for benefits. Many Reservists and National Guardsmen do not qualify for benefits. In order to receive benefits you must serve over 90 consecutive days in an active duty capacity (not including trainings). Guardsmen and Reservists often do not meet the criteria even after serving for many years.

What is expected of a Volunteer Veteran?

A Volunteer Veteran is expected to attend four hours of a National Guard drill weekend each month and be available to answer soldier’s questions or connect them to community resources. You will be trained and provided support. Lastly, you will participate in several monthly phone conferences where community providers share the resources and information about their programs. There will be optional trainings and opportunities to enhance your skills throughout your time as a Volunteer Veteran.

Can a Veteran of any era or any branch volunteer?

Yes, our volunteers come from all eras and all branches. Our volunteers range from students, to full-time employed, to retired.

Do I have to give out my personal phone number to strangers?

Nope, we give all volunteers a special W2W cell phone. Don’t worry, we pay the bill, too! That way when you’re at drill, you can give out your phone number and know that they’ll call a program assigned phone.

Am I expected to provide counseling for my assigned unit?

Not at all; all you need to do is listen, share your experiences, and help the Soldier navigate the maze of available resources. In short, just be a friend. There may come a time when a particular Soldier needs a counselor. At that point, your role will be not to provide counseling, but rather encourage and help him or her to talk to a professional. Don’t worry, we have lots of referral options and can help you help out with that.