Military Veteran Peer Network

WHAT IS THE MILITARY VETERAN PEER NETWORK?

No one wades a stream without getting wet and no one comes back from war unchanged.  This is a toughening process for some people – a self-awareness generation engine.  The efforts of our troops may produce internal struggles, but those efforts also produce tested, accomplished people.

Sometimes, people need a hand in slowing the internal disquiet and conflict that combat, deployment, military sexual trauma, or other abnormal situations produce.  No one is better prepared to speak with a Veteran about her experiences than another Veteran, a peer.

With the peer-to-peer network, veterans go through a training course that teaches them how to facilitate groups of veterans. Once trained, they are tasked with going out into their local communities and creating peer groups. Because members of the group set the rules, no two peer groups are the same.

Use the map and tabs below to find MVPN resources near you. The "Coordinator List" tab is a list of MVPN coordinators who can put you in touch with trained peers in your area. The "Field Clinicians" tab is a list of trained military-informed professional mental health experts.

MVPN VC Map

P2P Quicktab

Name Phone Number Service area County City Email
Ms. Christy Aletky 512-258-9086

Lead Field Clinician - Austin Area

Del Valle christy@samaritan-center.org
Mr. Jim Cochrun 512-538-4552

Peer Coordinator

Austin jc@samaritan-center.org
Ms. Michelle Martin (512) 803-5620

Travis and Williamson counties

michelle@samaritan-center.org
Misty Benedit LMSW 682-888-2529

Dallas / Fort Worth / Denton

Tarrant Arlington misty@samaritan-center.org
Owen McGonnell LCSW 512-574-9833

Austin / Round Rock

Travis Austin owen@samaritan-center.org