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To The Left & Right with John Silva – One Marine’s Story of Tragedy & Triumph – Veterans Support Group

Published by Courtney Hall

Nothing ever truly prepares a person for combat or the hardships of military life. Soldiers quickly learn that they need each other more than anything! They fight for each other and die for each other. Bonds solidify and men stand side-by-side and shoulder-to-shoulder. Soldiers survive because of these bonds in battle, but back in the civilian world these bonds are often lost and the wandering begins. This is a story of John Silva and of veterans finding those strong bonds again and overcoming them together!

John Silva was no different and it’s veteran support groups like the one John attends where soldiers find those common bonds again. Listen to John’s story of being a Marine, serving our country in Beruit, Lebanon and the tragedy of Camp Lejeune’s water contamination.

The Veterans Support group that John attends is near Chicago, to the North, in a town called Northbrook, IL. If you or a loved one would like to attend, we’re here with open arms. It’s in support groups like these where soldiers can begin to heal deep wounds left by service to our country. It comes at a great cost to serve, but brotherhood is truly the gift. It’s in these bonds that the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Veterans Support Group lives.

We are also open to having Gold Star Family members attend the group as we’ve seen deep healing happen and new families created between veterans and families of our fallen heroes.

▸ Veteran Support Group:

➥ Veterans Crisis Line
Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

☏ Call: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
⌨ Text – 838255

About the Veterans Support Group

The Veterans Support Group was initiated by NAMI CCNS to fulfill the need for such a group in the northern Chicago area. Our hope, answered, was that if we could reach and save the life of just one veteran, then we would have truly made a difference in the world. The Veterans Support Group in Northbrook, IL meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, thanks to donations from people like you. Without your support, we couldn’t bring programs like this into the world. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We ask that you would consider making a small donation today!

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