Milton is one of 15 veterans who meet each week. HVAF's Vet to Vet program began in October of 2005, as a way for veterans to address issues that may arise within the home. When a veteran is admitted to the program, there are weekly meetings to discuss issues that may be affecting their lives.
"Many of the veterans share personal stories about the difficulties they face while trying to find employment in the community," says Fred Young, HVAF's peer mentor.
“We discuss how to handle stressful situations without losing everything they worked hard for and at the same time how to feel accepted among family and friends. One of the hardest barriers that some of the residents have is relapsing back to alcohol and/or substances. Vet to Vet is focused on one veteran helping another through sharing personal experiences and understanding of what the other is going through.”
During Vet to Vet meetings, Milton talks about his time living on the streets of Brooklyn where he says his drug addiction hit rock bottom. He also suffered a head injury during basic training in 1975 that went untreated, and he now receives medical care at the VA Hospital.
"2012 is a new start for me," says Milton. "Moving into HVAF's Warman Apartments and being amongst veterans has helped me understand my past and want to change my future. Attending Vet to Vet meetings has helped provide me with structure."
Milton continues to live a life of recovery. He's been drug and alcohol free for 9months.
VIEW THE MARCH 2012 HVAF NEWSLETTER AT THIS LINK