Why Vets Should Mediate for Other Vets

American FlagVeterans are best equipped to understand the unique experience, interests, and perspectives of other veterans, and to help them address and resolve conflicts. Veterans who serve veterans (Veterans Service Officers, Veterans Employment Representatives, and others) hold a unique place in the community as the first contact and main support for veterans and their families. Veterans in those positions are the particular focus of the Veterans Mediation training program.

Housing and Homelessness

Mediation reduces the probability of veterans becoming homeless by 1/3. It helps families retain housing and stabilizes at-risk households.

Family and Children

The long-term positive effect of mediation for families and parent/child communication is helpful for veterans.


A living wage job is essential for veterans’ security. Over 85% of work-based mediations reached complete settlement.


Mediation skills which are helpful in managing PTSD and anxiety include:

  • de-escalation
  • separating out facets of complex situations
  • self-determination
  • finding common ground
  • reaching fair agreements
Group of veterans at veterans mediation training

Back row, left to right: Chris Shaddock (trainer), Peter Vickery, Gaurav Khanna, Eliza Graton, Shanna King, David Lauzon, Harvey Weiner (trainer), Carol Mayer Front row, left to right: Amy LaBarge, Rick Drohen, Earl Bonnett, Paul Zbikowski, Rick Bedell, Sheila Pelletier, Cassie Carlson, John Medeiros, George Charos, April Lane-Taba (trainer)