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Sometimes "just listening" helps.

Many veterans are familiar with the Operational Stress Injury Social Support program (OSISS). Perhaps lesser known is the OSISS program developed with VAC and DND to provide support to bereaved family members. HOPE (Helping Others by Providing Empathy) consists of trained volunteers who are willing to "lend an ear" to provide peer support to the families. The volunteers do not necessarily provide advice or counselling--they simply provide a compassionate ear from someone who has been through the same experience, and provide an awareness that the bereaved are not alone.

For details, visit or call Veterans Affairs at 1-866-522-2122 or DND at 1-800-833-6094, regarding the OSISS Bereavement Peer Support. (Thanks to Salute, the VAC newsletter, for this info.)
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Title Annotation:THE OLD GUARD: Veterans' news & views; peer support for families of veterans
Publication:Esprit de Corps
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Nov 1, 2009
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