Combat Support Groups

The members discuss current, personal issues and how their combat experience impacts how they deal with these issues. For example:
  • How their hyper-alertness and anger outburst impact their relationships.
  • They share with each other what's worked and what hasn't worked when learning how to live in a civilian world that doesn't understand them.
  • They learn that when they're with other combat vets they are normal. In other words, for having been in combat we are normal.
They learn that:
  1. Combat did change them
  2. No matter what they do, they can't change #1;
  3. Drugs, alcohol, isolating and denial don't work as coping behaviors
  4. With the support of other combat vets, they too can learn to live with PTSD from combat.
Being with men and women who know in their hearts and minds what they are living with doesn't make PTSD go away, it does however, lessen the impact. It changes PTSD from a shameful, feared monster into an issue that together the combat vets can deal with.

Triple Threat
The weekly VVSD Triple Threat Group meets for approximately one hour at 7:30 PM on Wednesday at Veterans Village of San Diego 4141 Pacific Highway. The name of the Group, "Triple Threat" refers to being addicted to alcohol, drugs, or both and having PTSD from combat.

Each meeting has a volunteer leader and secretary. It uses the twelve step program borrowed from Alcoholics Anonymous as a rehabilitation plan to deal with addiction as well as PTSD from combat.

Attendees are not required to talk. If an attendee does choose to talk, he/she shares what he/she wants to share without fear of being interrupted, contradicted or judged. In other words, it is a safe place for a combat vet. The sense of fellowship that the combat vet experienced in combat, which is lost, is regained. The group has been in existence for over twenty years.

New Breed Triple Threat
The weekly VVSD New Breed Triple Threat Group meets for approximately one hour at 7:30 PM on Mondays at Veterans Village of San Diego's Hickman Hall. 4141 Pacific Highway.

The name of the Group, "Triple Threat" refers to being addicted to alcohol, drugs, or both and having PTSD from combat. New Breed Triple Threat is exclusively for OEF/OIF veterans.

Each meeting has a volunteer leader and secretary. It uses the twelve step program borrowed from Alcoholics Anonymous as a rehabilitation plan to deal with addiction as well as PTSD from combat.

Attendees are not required to talk. If an attendee does choose to talk, he/she shares what he/she wants to share without fear of being interrupted, contradicted or judged. In other words, it is a safe place for a combat vet. The sense of fellowship that our most recent combat vets experienced in combat is hopefully regained.

You have been forever changed by your experiences in combat...Combat veterans of this and other eras know how to assist you.

Confidential- Led by Combat Vets. Free Services: Several Community Locations.
Groups meet at the following locations:

San Diego
Veterans Museum & Memorial Center
2115 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92134

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Group meets on the bottom floor of the Museum
From North:
  • I-5 South to I-805 South
  • Exit at State Highway 163 South
  • Merge on to CA-163 South
  • Take Park Blvd. exit
  • Turn Left at Park Blvd.
  • Destination will be 0.1 mi on Right
From South:
  • I-5 to exit 15B (B Street exit)
  • Turn Left onto B Street
  • Turn Right at 12th Ave./Park Blvd.
  • Continue to follow Park Blvd.
  • Destination will be on the Right

North County
Libby Lake Community Center
4700 North River Road, Oceanside, CA 92008

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Community Center is on corner of North River Rd. and Calle Montecito (parking in rear of bldg)
From North:
  • I-5 South to exit 54A: State Highway 76
  • Merge onto CA-76 East
  • Turn Left at Douglas Dr.
  • Turn Right on North River Rd.
  • Destination will be on Left
From Camp Pendleton
  • Exit @ San Luis Rey Gate
  • proceed straight down Vandergrift until it turns into North River Rd. (+/- 4.5 mi). Community center will be on Right
From South:
  • I-5 North to exit 54A: State Hwy 76
  • Merge onto CA-76 East
  • Turn Left on Douglas Dr.
  • Turn Right on North River Rd.
  • Destination will be on the Left