The VA wants me to let go of their support and hang onto resources in the community, like my close friends, A.A., or my family. This was hard because for the last forty five years, I relied on the VA for support. Even now, with the mental health I enjoyed, I saw a psychologist once a month, attended a support group twice a month, and saw my psychiatrist every six months. I was in a forty-five minute study at the VA where the facilitator, a post doctoral candidate, helped me step from the support of the VA to that of the community. I found hanging onto the community daunting. I was alone, felt like I was slipping through a crack, and, now, in a coffee shop by myself, felt bereft. Keeping myself afloat was hard. I had an A.A. meeting tonight but had to hang on until then. Maybe hanging onto the blogging community would help. My support system was strong but scattered.

Published by Christopher G. Bremicker

Special Forces medic stationed at Ft. Bragg NC from 1968 to 1970. BA English and MBA, both from University of Minnesota. Fisherman, grouse hunter, downhill skier.. Plays handball and reviews theater. Present job at Walgreens in St. Paul MN is forty-sixth job since high school. Hometown is Cable WI.

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