Senator Joe Robach is proud to support the group CompeerCORPS, which is a veteran peer mentoring program for veterans that was launched in 2011.
The purpose of the program is to create a supportive network for all veterans who could benefit from a peer mentor and other community relationships. Participation in CompeerCORPS increases positive social connections for returning veterans and their families which helps to reduce suicidal idealization and its associated co-morbidity. It also encourages successful reintegration to civilian life; access to needed benefits; increased employment and housing stability, the program is designed to breakdown the stigma experienced by members of the military around mental illness by matching a veteran with another veteran.
CompeerCORPS serves veterans in over 20 New York State Counties. Program surveys show that veteran focus programs produce positive outcomes, including improved resistance to drugs and alcohol, decreased use of hospital or crisis services, and increased community engagement.
CompeerCorps has assisted military veterans from all combat and peacetime eras. One client and one volunteer spend at least four hours a month together. Through this program, a veteran who has successfully navigated the transition to civilian life can assist another who is struggling with reintegration. “They understand because they’ve been there.
Presently our veterans are combating Mental and Behavioral Health Issues in the following areas:
-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder[PTSD]
-Military Sexual Trauma [MST}
-Traumatic Brain Injury [TBI]
For more information on these services, please contact compeerrochester.org or by phone at 546-8280.