NAMI SWI Military and Veteran
Family Support

NAMI Southwestern Illinois’ Military Families Support Group

Military Families Support Group Meetings have been temporarily suspended. For more information, please contact the NAMI SWI office and leave a message (618) 798-9788 or email vetsupport@namiswi.org.

Veterans, active-duty military personnel, and members of the Illinois National Guard and Reserve forces reside throughout the 12-county NAMI SWI region. Their service extends across World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam and Southeast Asia, Grenada and Panama, the Persian Gulf, andNAMI Southwestern Illinois provides resources, support, and partnerships dedicated to mental health policy, education, and advocacy for active duty military personnel, veterans with mental illness and their family members. the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. Exact numbers are unknown because many veterans do not utilize available federal and state services. Others (particularly women) do not self-identify as veterans. Reliable sources suggest that the number of regional residents with direct military experience well exceeds 60,000. Most of these persons, in turn, have family members, whether parents and siblings, spouses and children, other close relatives and significant friends.

Many individuals with military experience, including upwards of twenty percent of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, face emotional or economic hurdles upon return to the civilian community. Psychological challenges are encountered not only by those who deploy, whether as combat or as support troops, but also others who remain and serve 'stateside,' as they and family members confront distinctive demands and stresses during and after tours of duty.

NAMI SWI is developing and implementing no-cost support and educational services for family members of military personnel and veterans.

NAMI Southwestern Illinois provides resources, support, and partnerships dedicated to mental health policy, education, and advocacy for active duty military personnel, veterans with mental illness and their family members. Thus, a support group for those family members who wish to share experiences and coping skills acquired through living with the mental illness of a loved one, together with current information on treatment, resources and strategies to promote and sustain improvement and recovery. Trained facilitation will be by veterans who have lived and experienced military life and culture and mental illness.
More Information about NAMI SWI's Military Families Support Group

In addition, on the national NAMI website are sources of information on veteran/military related mental health matters. Visit Veterans and Military Resource Center.

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NAMI SWI's support activities and related informational resources are being coordinated by Peter Dodge, a Swansea resident and fourth-generation U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Dodge's contact information is:

NAMI SWI welcomes inquiries and participation from the community.

*If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis,
 call the 24-hour hotline.