"Carefully listening to our fellow veterans."

Helping to strengthen body, mind, and spirit

La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program (LAVMP)

Troubled Soldier

Counseling Soldiers

Veterans Issues

Veterans Court

Giving Veterans Hope

The psychological consequences of combat and war can be devastating. Not all casualties of war come home in body bags. For some veterans, the greatest struggle they encounter is when they try to return to a regular life. Many Veterans experience residual substance abuse, behavioral health, criminal justice system and other challenges that make it difficult for them to return to civilian life.

Because of their unique military training and experiences, many veterans try to deal with such challenges on their own. They do not want to appear weak or needy. Other times, Veterans question and doubt whether others can relate to what they are or have been going through. Unfortunately, many Veterans self-medicate with alcohol and drugs. Due to anger management, frustration and various challenges, other Veterans resort to crime.

We strive to involve struggling Veterans in LAVMP’s mentor program before they self-medicate or otherwise become involved in the criminal justice system. Too often, however, we do not come into contact with such Veterans until after they have resorted to self-medication with alcohol or drugs, or have engaged in criminal conduct. We want Veterans to know that there is always hope and they are not alone with the challenges they are facing. Our ultimate goal is to help Veterans obtain essential medical and other assistance from the Veterans Administration and available community-based treatment and intervention programs. We also want to assist them and their families as they navigate the court system.

Helping Unite Families

The transition from battlefield to full time family life can be difficult. During the recent Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, military personnel were separated from their families for multiple combat tours. When Vietnam War Veterans returned home, they were confronted with student riots and unfortunately called names such as “Baby Killers.” That, as well as the lack of appreciation for their combat service, compounded their service connected injuries. Many combat soldiers have experienced traumatic brain and other injuries, not to mention post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. Military personnel are used to the chain of command, a system that does not work at home. Many marriages, families and homes have been devastated by:

  • Veterans’ inability to cope with or transition back to civilian life.
  • Anger management and other behavioral issues.
  • Loss of intimacy in marital relationships.

LAVMP’s mission and vision is to help Veterans and their families deal with those challenges.