Mountain Home VA Healthcare System
"Warrior to Soul Mate" program
By Public Affairs
Friday, August 31, 2018
MOUNTAIN HOME, TN— The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center offers Veterans and their significant others a chance to reconnect through participation in a program called “Warrior to Soul Mate,” or W2SM.
This program, run by the Chaplain’s office in cooperation with Mental Health, offers an effective way to positively impact Veteran’s relationships, in turn helping their overall health and well-being. W2SM is not “couples therapy,” but a practical educational program for couples that helps develop skills for deepening their relationships and working through conflict and difficulties.
The program uses the Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills (PAIRS) curriculum. These skills can bring hope and healing to Veterans and their loved ones who have been impacted by serving our country through military service.
“This program provides hope and renewal to relationships, providing a safe and healing environment for Veterans to renew and reconnect with their significant other through the teaching of vital relationship skills,” said Brian Miller, DMIN, Staff Chaplain.
Recent participants have had positive responses to the weekend-long event.
“These two sessions had a profound impact upon me and provided something that I can use, not only in my marriage, but in all my relationships, to better communicate and participate in more consciously, compassionately, empathically,” said one Veteran participant.
The workshops are scheduled through the JHQVAMC Chaplain’s office by calling 423-926-1171 ext. 2485 or through a VA provider. Additional workshops will be scheduled throughout the year to serve as many Veteran couples as possible. The next workshop is scheduled for September 15-16, 2018.
“These workshops are important because they assist Veterans with their relationships,” Miller said. “There is clear evidence that healthy relationships decrease episodes of stress-related illnesses, divorce, mental health issues, abuse, addictions – the list goes on. These are concerns that we work to address with our Veterans in ways they may not have considered before. Our mission is to provide them the tools they need to have healthy relationships and heathier lives overall.”
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