Connecting Veteran Spouses in their Communities
Veteran Spouse Resiliency Groups (V-SRG) provide a safe space for veteran spouses and partners of veterans to come together, listen, share their stories, and lean on one another for support and guidance. These groups connect veteran spouses to their communities by providing strong peer support. This peer support is available to veteran spouses who face a diverse and unique set of experiences and challenges ranging from caring for their own mental, emotional, and physical health, to parenting, relationship and career health, discussing the lingering effects of service, and how to support their veterans in seeking help.
This program was created for veteran spouses, by veteran spouses, and aims to provide a space where spouses and partners can gather with others who have a shared experience, and be provided support without judgment. If you have been looking for a strong community of spouses, this is it! Join us!
The program follows a unique peer-to-peer model:
- Trained veteran spouses and/or committed partners facilitate groups of 8-10 spouses
- Groups meet once a week for two hours over 12 weeks
- Curriculum topics range from “Taking Care of Ourselves” and “Sharing Our Stories,” to “Caregiving,” and “The Lingering Effects of Service”
Fall 2020 Groups:
Our Fall 2020 Groups are officially closed. We will post updates about Spring 2020 groups here as those details are confirmed. We will also be offering some of our V-SRG content in our Virtual Social Club Program this Fall.
UPDATE RE COVID-19: Due to the rising rates of COVID-19, all of our Fall groups will remain virtual. It is our hope that if the threat of COVID-19 lessens, some of our region-specific groups may be able to transition back to an in-person format. We are committed to prioritizing the safety of all of our group members and leaders and will determine the status of in-person groups with that in mind. This page and the below schedule will be updated as those decisions are made, and as groups are added.
Eligibility Update: With all the uncertainty still looming around COVID-19, and what life will look like in the near future, we know that support is critical. Our new reality is stressful. Period. But we are not alone. We are all going through our own versions of the “new normal,” and everything that surrounds that, and we are going through it as a country. As such, we have decided to open up our Fall 2020 Veteran Spouse Resiliency Groups to veteran spouses and partners across the country, in the hopes that these groups can provide a safe space in an uncertain time, not just for Texans, but for us all.
Virtual Open House
Check out the recording from our Fall 2020 Virtual Open House HERE to learn more about the V-SRG program, and hear our past participants and leaders discuss the value of peer support and their experiences with the group!
Register for a Group:
To register for an in-person or online group, please complete this brief registration form, or enter the following link to your browser: https://redcap.prc.utexas.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=LJX3Y88R48
Become a V-SRG Leader:
If you are a veteran spouse or partner of a veteran who would like to volunteer to lead a group in your community, or online, please visit our Leadership Opportunities page to learn more and apply today!
Listen to veteran spouse Anne Jackson talking about her experience, and why it’s so important for spouses to come together to support one another. Anne was one of the spouses who helped develop the V-SRG curriculum to ensure it would meet the needs of veteran spouses.
To view more videos from our V-SRG peer leaders, click here.
Coming soon... the Military Spouse Resiliency Group (M-SRG)! The M-SRG will mirror the format of the V-SRG, while prioritizing the unique experiences of active duty military spouses, providing a community of support.