To renew a sense of purpose and self-respect to ALL veterans like us and their families through experience based peer support.
Welcome to warrior's reprieve
The Reprieve was founded on the mission to give veterans and their families a sense of self respect and belonging to something greater than themselves again. Many of us left the service saying “man I can’t wait to get out,” but we soon found that being a civilian wasn’t what we thought it would be. We went from a community where everyone is on the same page and putting the needs of the mission first to a community of individuals who are focused on their own needs and largely ignore how their actions affect everyone else. As service members we were literally traumatized to break us down and rebuild us as one cohesive unit. They effectively turned us into codependents who put everyone else’s needs before our own, and we become infuriated when the people around us don’t do the same.
We lose our sense of purpose and our sense of self respect as we struggle with our experiences in combat, or even just being in a high stress environment where every detail of your person is scrutinized. We get out of service, gain weight, get a job, go to school, find a family, among other endeavors in order to find a sense of purpose again. But there’s always this nagging feeling in the back of our minds that something is missing. The Path of the Warrior is like an island in the middle of a lake. You get visitors, but they eventually leave and you feel a sense of loneliness that the visitors will never know. Those who are of service to others and willing to give up their lives for the wellbeing of others are some of the strongest people in the world. But there’s another form of service to others which makes us even stronger.
We can learn to bear our souls to others, allow people to see us as we truly are, and that is one of the greatest gifts we can give to others and to ourselves. By simply sharing our story we can help the veteran in despair. That is the essence of peer support. Peer support is the best tool to recover from PTSD, substance abuse, and other addictions and traumas. That’s why the healthcare and judicial systems strive to replicate what the Recovery Community has done for a hundred years, and what Eastern philosophy has been teaching for thousands of years.
"I’m not a clinician or therapist. I’m just an airborne infantryman with three deployments to Afghanistan. I medically retired due to PTSD and substance abuse after almost a decade of service in the Army. That’s my expertise, I’ve been through it." - Daniel
At the Reprieve we’re just like you. We’ve been through bankruptcies, divorces, illness, deaths, and we did it clean. That expertise is why Warrior’s Reprieve is the only veteran organization in Georgia that has state certified peer coaches. With experience and certifications in Mental Health, Addiction Disease, Science of Addiction and Recovery, and Trauma Informed Care we’ve got you.
We continually learn to accept that we’re veterans, and we can still be a part of society.
Just like we relied on each other in service as a cohesive team, we can still do the same in life after service.
Welcome to the Reprieve!