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WWP Talk

Dedicated One-On-One Emotional Support for Veterans and Their Families

This nonclinical, telephonic, goal-setting program is designed to help warriors and family members plan individualized paths toward personal growth.

WWP Talk is a free program that connects veterans, their spouses, and other family members with a dedicated and empathetic listener. This specialist will listen and provide guidance to set tangible goals and develop skills that lead to positive changes, like increased resiliency and improved psychological well-being.

In addition to emotional support and goal-setting guidance, WWP Talk can provide resources for things like anger management, couples counseling, PTSD, other military therapies, and even financial education. WWP Talk specialists also equip you with tools to help you further develop coping and life management skills.

Though the program is not a crisis helpline, it offers a safe and non-judgmental space where participants can discuss personal issues or concerns. WWP Talk can be beneficial as a standalone program, but it is not meant to replace veteran clinical treatment, therapy, or counseling you may be receiving. Many participants find WWP Talk’s S.M.A.R.T. goal setting model to be a great addition to counseling and other therapies.

Frequently Asked Questions

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WWP Talk can help if you are:

  • Feeling isolated or withdrawn.
  • Struggling with unpleasant emotional stress.
  • Interested in improving your coping skills and resiliency.
  • Committed to a 20-minute call weekly.
  • Interested in having an accountability partner to help with goal setting.

WWP Talk Success Stories

Hear from warriors and their families on how WWP Talk has changed their lives for the better and empowered them to make positive changes in their lives.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Since 2013, the WWP Talk team has provided a listening ear and a safe, nonjudgmental outlet for warriors and their family members. Our team is committed to you and will collaborate set goals aimed at processing and overcoming challenges. During your participation, you’ll build resilience, develop coping skills, reduce stress levels, and achieve goals that will improve your quality of life. Many who participate in the program also develop improved relationships with friends and loved ones. Our goal-setting model is not only beneficial while participating in the program but can be applied to daily life situations well after you have completed the program.

As you move through your journey and your needs change or if something unexpected comes up, WWP Talk specialists can get you connected to other Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) programs and service or external resources for veterans and active-duty service members. WWP Talk takes great pride in providing individualized resources for veterans and their family members.

You’ll start with an initial call where you’ll be paired with a specially trained WWP Talk specialist to support your emotional needs. Each week, your WWP Talk specialist will call you at the same pre-established day and time, and every call lasts about 20 minutes. Together, you will engage in goal-focused conversations to help empower you to increase resilience, self-efficacy, quality of life, and psychological well-being.

Our highly trained WWP Talk specialists come from different backgrounds, but all have the professional experience and education to build rapport and meet our warriors and their family members wherever they are on their journeys. Specialists continuously hone their skills through customized and comprehensive training programs to provide the very best support and encouragement — so that no one walks alone.

S.M.A.R.T. goals should help you work toward resiliency and psychological well-being. Resiliency is the ability to thrive and cope despite challenges. Psychological well-being is healthy emotional and social functioning. Together, resiliency and psychological well-being can help you find an improved quality of life.

S.M.A.R.T. goal setting is a well-established tool that helps you plan and achieve your goals. Download the worksheet.

  • Specific - What exactly will you accomplish?
  • Measurable - How will you know when you have reached your goal?
  • Attainable - Is this goal realistic with effort & commitment?
  • Realistic - Why is the goal important to you in your life right now?
  • Time-Bound - When will you achieve this goal?

S.M.A.R.T. goal setting may sound overwhelming, but a WWP Talk specialist can help you break down your goal into smaller, actionable steps and help you learn to overcome obstacles and challenges that may stand in your way of achieving your goals.

Download the worksheet

WWP Talk is available to all warriors, family members, and caregivers registered with WWP. It’s most appropriate for those who are not experiencing a crisis and who are ready to discuss emotional issues and set goals leading to improved mental health.

If you are not currently registered with WWP, please visit our registration page for details about who is eligible to register and how to get started.

WWP supports veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001. You may also be eligible for the program if you are the family member or caregiver of a wounded warrior.

WWP Talk is one of many veteran programs and services available to help you take steps that are right for you. Other programs include physical and mental wellness, career transition, and support in obtaining disabled veterans’ benefits from Veterans Affairs (VA).

The average length of participation in WWP Talk is about six months. However, because each participant has unique needs, the length of participation can vary.

Yes. WWP Talk provides nonclinical emotional support and isn’t meant to take the place of any clinical treatment, therapy, or counseling you may be receiving.

No. WWP Talk is a nonclinical service, so there is nothing we provide that would increase your disability rating with the VA.

Yes. WWP offers a wide range of programs that focus on the mental health and wellness needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers. We also maintain a database of verified third-party resources that we can refer to for further support. WWP Talk is not a full-service veterans counseling or crisis helpline.

No. We do not share information or calls with VA offices or other entities outside of WWP.WWP Talk can be beneficial as a standalone program or as a complementary program to veteran clinical treatment, therapy, or counseling you may be receiving. Many participants find WWP Talk to be a great addition to counseling and other therapies.

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Veterans Crisis Line

If you are in crisis or concerned about a loved one, please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 988 then press "1" or text 838255 to connect with a crisis counselor 24/7, 365 days a year.

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How telephonic care helped a female veteran

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WWP Talk program helps veterans overcome invisible wounds

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