Saving Lives & Keeping Families Together

Our Mission is to be a trusted resource for Veterans and their family members to ensure a successful transition from military to civilian life.


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Only Veterans Truly Relate to Other Veterans

PSVF helps Veterans navigate the trials of homecoming and transition by helping them address their current challenges and connecting them with relevant resources, peer mentors, and peer mentoring organizations.
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National Network of Peer Mentoring Organizations

We are building the first-ever national network of Veteran mentoring organizations. Our objective is to be a first point of contact for Veterans in need, and direct them to mentoring organizations for immediate and ongoing support.

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Welcome to PSVF

22 Veterans commit suicide every day, about 1 every 65 minutes

About Us

Purple Star Veterans and Families honors active duty service members and veterans lost to suicide as a result of PTS, TBI, drugs and alcohol, accidents, and other service-related mental health issues.

We also aim to strengthen the combat transition and military to civilian life reintegration safety net for our nation’s active duty service members, veterans, and their immediate and extended families.


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Dear Friends of PSVF,

The following video is intended to raise awareness and bring much needed attention to the necessity of prevention and early intervention resources and programs for Veterans who are transitioning from military to civilian life, and their families.

Specifically, this video is a powerful and clear example of the need for a National Network of Veteran Peer Mentors and Mentoring Organizations. Purple Star Veterans and Families has already begun the development of this network of hundreds of organizations; to establish best practices, and to organize a unified voice that can help make change happen on a national level.

We invite you to learn more about PSVF, What We Do, and How We Do It. If you would like to make a donation to support our programs, please click here. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the information, please contact us.

Thank you,


The PSVF Team

What We Do

Purple Star Veterans

Purple Star Veterans is a web-destination for military personnel preparing to separate from military service and for transitioning Veterans.

Purple Star Families

Purple Star Families is a web-destination for families preparing to separate from military service and for families of homecoming and transitioning Veterans.

Families of Fallen Veterans

This web-destination is for families and friends of Veterans who are not surviving their transition from military service due to suicide, drugs and alcohol, adrenaline seeking behaviors and vehicular accidents.

Online Private Groups

Confidential, private, invitation-only lifeline groups for the people you trust the most.

Support Purple Star

All proceeds received by Purple Star Veterans and Families go directly to funding our program areas detailed on this page.


Veterans, PTSD and Substance Abuse

Memorial Day is a good time to assess the condition of our returning military veterans, a group which is fraught with alarmingly high rates of PTSD, addiction and suicide. The rate of suicide among veterans is alarmingly higher than is found in the civilian population, and substance misuse is often involved in these tragedies. An underlying issue is PTSD, which is significantly higher among veterans than in the general population. Dr. Tom Horvath and Len Van Nostrand highlight the connection between PTSD and addiction and the critical role of treatment in healing our veterans….Dr. Richard Juman As the month of May brings Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, becomes a natural topic of discussion. Within this important conversation is the intricate relationship between PTSD and substance use. Our greatest understandings of traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress often come from those who’ve experienced the horrors and devastation of war, which can last long after combat ends. For many veterans, the impacts of war remain as if it were yesterday. Heartbreakingly, their mind continues to be a battlefield of devastating, torturous memories and they are tasked with the challenge of coping with PTSD. Casualties of War: The Somatic, Neurological and Psychological Systems Traumatic stress impacts all of our systems, including the somatic, neurological and psychological systems. When we have painful thoughts and memories, we activate the various chemical and messenger systems of the body and experience distress, tension, anxiety and depression, resulting in ongoing deregulated emotions. Despite repeated efforts to avoid the painful memories and associated emotions, our minds and bodies remember. For reasons we may be... read more

What is needed and why are we relevant?

After my son Danny’s second tour in Afghanistan and his separation from the Army with 10th Mountain Division, we very quickly came to the realization that he had been severely underprepared for his transition from military life. We invested a great deal of time, energy and frustration with the fact that a process or a program should have been provided during pre-separation that would have prepared him for what he would experience. We began to envision forming an organization to address this problem and to put what we had learned from our own experiences into action for others. It was 2004 and there were an estimated 3,500 Veteran related non-profit organizations across the nation. At the time this seemed like a very large number. Fast forward to 2015, there are now over 45,000. We began by asking ourselves a question that has continued to guide me to this day, “What is needed and why are we relevant?” What is Needed? First, what is not needed. In my opinion, not another well intending Veteran services organization replicating what hundreds of similar groups are doing. Not another redundant small non-profit competing for donors and attention in a very confusing landscape of choices. A landscape of players and organization that has become so confusing and so vast it is often referred to as a “Sea of goodwill”. With Veterans dying from suicide at a rate of 18-22 per day, we need to get ahead of this problem as fast as possible. Prevention and early intervention, before Veterans spiral out of control seems to make the most common sense. Don’t compete, collaborate. What is... read more

Welcome to Purple Star Veterans

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our new Purple Star Veterans site…   Here, you will find personal development tools designed to help you along the path of transition, whether you are facing a return from a combat deployment or the conclusion of your military career and return to civilian life. These include the Transition Map and Action Plan that can assist you in discovering where you are, where you want to be, and how you can get there. Currently, our Veteran Lifeline area is set up to allow you to create connections to those you trust the most as you embark upon your journey so that you can share information with your support network in safety and privacy. Veteran Lifelines encompass a great method to negotiate the ways in which you’d like to be helped, to keep those you care about and who care about you in the loop, and to be a place of support whenever you need it. Additionally, we are hard at work at implementing several new program areas that will be available in the future; to include dedicated Peer Advisors to assist you with our tools and in finding meaningful resources, plus a robust private online community. Also in development is our Purple Star Families site, which will host content such as resources to include those relevant to grief and loss, tools, and a blog section. Finally, in the future we will have the capacity to offer stipends for personal development and wellness trainings as well as access to mental health consulting for those in need. Thank you for visiting our site,... read more


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