Vet to Vet - Bloomington, IN - Chaired by Veteran's Endorsed by the VA
Vet to Vet Bloomington
 Bloomington Meeting
Ivy Tech
200 Daniels Way
Room A-118
Thursday Evenings @ 6 PM

See Indiana Vet to Vet Groups Page for other Indiana Vet to Vet group Meeting locations and times.
South Central Indiana VA Stand Down
4th Annual South Central Indiana VA Stand Down
October 23, 201410:00AM - 2:00PM - LUNCH PROVIDED!
American Legion Post 181800 W. 3 St., Bloomington

A partnership of community organizations will provide a wide variety of services and resources for local homeless, unemployed, and disadvantaged veterans. Free services on site include health screenings, job consultation, VA benefit information, opportunity to receive an Indiana ID (bring necessary documents), and much more.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION*Proof of veteran status is required for entry to the event.* Veterans must bring their DD214 or VA-issued ID card.Need help requesting your DD214? Contact Larry Spuires at (812) 349-4406 or visit: any questions about the South Central Indiana VA Stand Down, please contact Thomas Triplett (812) 332-7292,

All the Volunteers!Participating Agencies
  • American Legion Post 18
  • Backstreet Missions
  • Bloomington Housing Authority
  • Bloomington Public Transportation Corp.
  • Brown County Veterans Service
  • Bureau of Motor Vehicles
  • Dept. of Veteran Affairs
  • Disabled American Veterans Dept of America
  • Dr. Robin Roberts D.D.S.
  • Family and Social Service Administration
  • Indiana Legal Services
  • Indiana National Guard Family Programs
  • Indiana National Guard Transitional Assistance
  • Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Indiana University School of Optometry
  • Indianapolis Vet Center
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Jacob Atz Law Office
  • Lydia Prescott Chapter of Colonial Dames VXII Century
  • Mobile Vet Center
  • Monroe County VA Clinic
  • Positive Link
  • Pure Style Hair Salon
  • Shalom Community Center
  • Social Security Administration
  • St Vincent de Paul Society
  • The Salvation Army
  • Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Vet to Vet
  • Volunteers in Medicine
  • Volunteers of America
  • WorkOne Employment & Training Services

Cathi and I attended the Women's Veterans Conference this summer at the University 
Of Evansville. We met up with a female veteran who was 103 years old...Pictured below
with me....What a special picture this is for me.

October 29, 2013
Myself and Josh Bleill
Indianapolis Colts Communtity Spokesperson.
OIF Veteran
Peer Facilitator Cathi Johnson and Josh.
The above pictures were taken at the City of Bloomington, Council for Community Assessibility, Annual Awards Ceremony.  Josh was injured while in Iraq and lost both legs. He was the keynote speaker at the awards event.
Monroe County Veteran Court Update:
We have our job done training our mentors for the Veterans Court. Standing by awaiting our next assignment.
Who are We?
We are Vet to Vet.  We are Veterans committed to helping ourselves and other veterans achieve recovery from the psychiatric and adjustment problems we, as Veterans, face. Through these problems, we can feel disconnected from ourselves and from other people.  We can regain a connection with people. We can gain back some of what we lost. This is a process, but if we work at it, we can have a whole new outlook on life, and re-invent ourselves anew
Our History
Vet-to-Vet was started in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by Moe Armstrong who joined Vinfen, a private, nonprofit human services organization.  It has since spread across the United States, and received the attention and the support of the VA Medical Centers, recognized for the integral role of peer support in mental health recovery. 
According to Moe Armstrong, our founder, "we are pioneers" in the vet to vet peer facilitator program.  We are here for ourselves, and for you, when you are ready for us.  Many times a Veteran will not ask for help until he or she is in crisis.  We have a common bond.  We got into this together and we will get out of it together.
We hope to see you again!  Check back later for new updates to our website. Thank You for Your Service!  Let us always remember our Service Men and Women who are currently in harms way protecting us and our freedoms! 
We are separate from the VA and if you do not want the VA to know you come to vet to vet meetings they won't know!  On the other hand if you need documentation in your VA medical  file to show you seek outside help, we can help you get the meeting attendance in your record.
Another helpful link for OEF/OIF
Veterans Crisis Line
(This is also for family and friends of Veterans)
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They have trained professionals standing by to talk with you.  From personal experience I can tell you it is safe to call this number. When I was in trouble I was afraid they would come and take me away if I told them the things that were in my mind.  The good news is they just talked with me, helped me see things from another perspective, and when we hung up no one came to my house in  little white jackets...It was good!
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