Posted on Jan 18, 2017
Tamara Crivello
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Finding support from others with similar experiences can be powerful. Connect and share with other service members or vets on PatientsLikeMe, join today at http://www.patientslikeme.com/join/rallypoint (it’s free)!
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TSgt Dawn Premock
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Talking to other veterans helped me learn how to deal with my amputation.
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Capt Tom Brown
Capt Tom Brown
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You are not alone.
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SFC(P) Preventive Medicine Nco
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Even if we are different branches, there is a commonality that no one else can claim. So the immediate tension of meeting someone new is already gone.
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CPO Nate S.
CPO Nate S.
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Yep! I met several veterans at an event I attended a couple of weeks ago. Life is typically simpler when communications are more straightforward as they often are in our military service world for more obvious reasons than not. Typically, I am always wearing my Navy ball cap when out.

Sidebar: At the event I mentioned a fellow navy vet was wearing a ball cap of a ship I had served on, he about 10 years before my service. We spoke about 15 minutes about our different experiences on the same ship a decade apart, him during Vietnam and me post-Vietnam. Meeting a fellow vet that had serviced on the same afloat platform as I had but in two entirely different departments, me in medical and him in engineering, again was great! It is always easier to have those common experiences that non-vets cannot come close to relating too.

Just wanted to put an exclamation mark on your point!
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SPC Jason Taylor
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Its definitely easier. Knowing that similar experiences have been shared, and common ground can be met right off the bat.
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