Transitioning to civilian life
You served. Now you’ve separated, or retired … so what’s next? Following your service, you may find that the transition to civilian life is more difficult than you imagined. You are not alone in feeling this way.You’re now negotiating many transitions simultaneously - including: Servicemember to civilian, danger to safety, discomfort to comfort, camaraderie to solitude, mistrust to trust, chaos to order, and lawlessness to law. Survival mode in a combat zone is paramount, but may be self-defeating when it comes to your new environment. Our goal is to help you make that transition in the smoothest possible manner so that you can pursue your life goals. There are many steps that veterans can take to regain a sense of control and normalcy. The VRCG can provide you with the resources to help.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
- Group Info:
We offer mental health counseling, assessment and psychiatric medication maintenance to any veteran who is enrolled with the Lubbock V.A. Each veteran must be enrolled as a patient with the Lubbock V.A. and have a primary care physician (PCP) assigned. To begin mental health services the veteran needs to request a referral from their primary care physician and will then be seen by the Mental Health Center within two weeks of the referral. Veterans can see a psychiatrist for psychiatric medication and maintenance. Group and individual counseling is available. We offer groups for anger control, depression management, substance abuse and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The group types and times vary and the veteran will need to ask their assigned counselor/case manager about the groups. Individual counseling includes counseling for depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger control, substance abuse and any other issues with mood. We offer some couples counseling but no family counseling. Psychiatric emergencies are handled through the V.A. toll free number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24 hours a day, seven days a week including holidays. Press “1” to specific with a crisis counselor specifically for veterans.
- Contact Info:
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Lubbock Outpatient Clinic Mental Health Center,
6104 Avenue Q South Drive
Lubbock, TX 79412
Veteran’s Resource Coordination Group
- Group Info:
Offering Peer to Peer support/mentoring workshops. Led by Veterans for Veterans ONLY.
ORF (Operation Resilient Families) Helping families and Veterans transition back into civilian life and home life.
CPT individual counseling led by a licensed professional counselor for PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.
Organized the VRCG (Veterans Resource Coordination Group) made up of individual agencies around Lubbock County to help all Veterans with any issues or needs.
Provides emergency financial assistance through the Veterans Assistance Fund
Provides individualized financial counseling & budgeting with the help of local volunteers
- Contact Info:
StarCare Specialty Health/Vetstar
2701 81st Street
Lubbock, Texas 79423
- Web Link:
VRCG - Veteran Families
- Operation Resilient Families is a peer-led education and support program for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. ORF is a program of experiential learning designed to empower veterans and their families to address post-deployment readjustment challenges with strength, intention, and shared community.
The men and women who have been trained as facilitators have the basic skills which will help them guide a peer education and support group. This training is designed to help the facilitator draw on their own personal experiences, weather it is as a returning soldier or a family member waiting on a loved one to return home. This helps them inspire, motivate and mentor to others.
The requirements to become a trained facilitator are:
- Must be a veteran (or a family member of a veteran) who has been deployed to a combat or peacekeeping mission in a war-zone area.
- Have some experience dealing effectively with personal and or family challenges related to post-deployment readjustment.
- Possess general knowledge about post-deployment readjustment issues and available resources to assist with readjustment problems.
- Have experience in leading, training, teaching, public speaking and group facilitation.
Desirable (but not required):
- Experience as a peer education and support group facilitator.
- Experience as an advocate for individuals dealing with post-deployment, family, behavioral health, or life challenges.
VRCG - Veteran Therapy
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a program designed to give licensed therapist another tool in which to help returning wartime Veterans. This therapy focuses on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and also on traumatic brain injuries.
The requirements for our therapists are as follows:
- A licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- Must provide services pro bono.
- To Participate in 75% of weekly consultation calls for 6 months (this is 19.5 calls)
- Complete 2 individual cases of CPT
- Following completion of both cases, submit two de-identified progress notes with clear descriptions of the session and treatment, and either a treatment summary or final CPT session note. Also, submit the CPT Fidelity Checklist identifying the format of CPT used in these cases and the elements you delivered.
VRCG - Veteran to Veteran
- In The Zone training is designed for returning veterans to be mentored by past wartime veterans. This is a peer to peer group or vet to vet group. We know that no one understands the trials that a returning vet will face except for another vet.
Ideally, the mentor men and women are recent Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. However, any post-war veteran is encouraged to mentor. The main purpose is to help the returning vet’s transition from military life to civilian life.
These men and women are trained solely as mentors. They are a valuable resource for post-deployed men and women. They are knowledgeable of available resources and are able to identify needs that returning soldiers may require.
The requirements for In The Zone training facilitators are as follows:
- Must be a Veteran, preferably a recent veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan. However, any post war Veteran is welcome to attend.
- Must possess general knowledge of post-deployment readjustment issues