Gallagher, Kind Introduce Resolution Recognizing Veteran-to-Veteran Programs in Wisconsin
Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08), alongside Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03), yesterday introduced H.Res.483, a resolution recognizing the importance of veteran-to-veteran mentorship programs. Wisconsin has a number of established veteran mentorship programs which seek to connect returning service members with veterans who have transitioned back to civilian life. Click here to read the text of the resolution.
“When I left military service, I saw firsthand how difficult the transition to civilian life can be,” said Rep. Gallagher. “Veteran-to-veteran relationships provide returning service members with a trusted resource as they reintegrate back into civilian life, and shine light on what can otherwise be a process filled with feelings of confusion and isolation. I’m proud to recognize Wisconsin organizations like the NEW Battalion which provide exemplary veteran-to-veteran mentorship programs, and hope the federal government will follow Wisconsin’s example."
“Veteran peer-to-peer mentoring programs are vital to helping service members’ transition back into civilian life—a time that can be challenging for many. By talking to those who have gone through the transition themselves, veterans are more likely to keep their VA appointments, access additional treatment when necessary, and live healthier lives overall,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “I’m proud to help introduce this resolution and honor the important work the La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program has done for our veterans in the Third District.”
Statements of Support:
“Veteran to Veteran peer support has been very helpful easing the transition to civilian life among our student veterans on campus,”said Elaina Koltz, Presdient of Bravo Company. “This is why I believe in the mission of Bravo Company, N.E.W. Veterans Battalion. Trust comes quicker between those who have served. This trust opens communication and helps to solve transition problems. Matching up a veteran new to the area with another veteran knowledgeable about resources is key.”
“Congressman Gallagher’s effort truly is a step in the right direction. It is our hope that his resolution is recognized and acted upon as this will certainly strengthen our efforts and give credence to helping our Warriors to become Civilians again,” said Bill Trombley, Veterans’ Mentor Group. “Veterans’ Mentor Group was established to support those Veterans involved in the Criminal Justice System and due to the cracks that some Veterans find themselves falling into. Working together, it is our hope to see a significant reduction to the Veteran suicide pandemic and the successful reintegration of our Service members back to their community.”
“The La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program is excited and thankful to see Congressmen Gallagher and Kind supporting peer-to-peer services for veterans. Our organization has been gifted with the opportunity to witness the life changing impact of peer support. Social integration is difficult for some veterans who may have unidentified or unaddressed mental and behavioral health issues. Veteran Mentors are capable of engaging with veterans, encouraging him or her to seek assistance and empowering the veteran as they build healthier, more enjoyable lives,” said Dustin Schultz, Executive Director of the La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program.
The Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Battalion launched in November 2017, and provides recently returned servicemen and women with veteran sponsors to guide them through their transition to civilian life. The NEW Battalion Bravo Company in Brown County graduated its first set of sponsors on March 17, 2019. It is one of the first programs of its kind in the State of Wisconsin.