Hero 2 Hero Program


Where Veterans stand together in support of one another

Defining Moral Injury_ Volunteers of America of Illinois

There are many challenges Veterans face following their time in service, but these obstacles can always be overcome. We can support you in adapting your strengths to these new challenges.

Special thanks to the veterans who shared their story. Very special thanks to Steven Shaltiel who filmed, edited and captured these important stories.

HERO 2 HERO is a comprehensive, highly individualized program delivered by Veterans for Veterans who are struggling or in crisis in any number of life domains. The purpose and structure of the program is to meet Veterans where they are, physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

One of those many obstacles if Moral Injury. Moral Injury can accompany PTSD, but also appears in Veterans that do not have combat expericne or a PTSD diagnosis.

Moral Injury is defined as a complex wound of the soul. It is caused by one or more of the following:

  • Having to make difficult moral choices under extreme conditions
  • Experiencing morally anguishing events or performing morally anguishing duties
  • Witnessing immoral acts
  • Behaving in ways that profoundly challenge one's moral conscience and identity and the values that support them.

How does Volunteers of America of Illinois help Veterans who are struggling with moral injury?

Repairing moral injury is a unique and deeply spiritual journey that one must take with the assistance of compassionate and informed support. While this is a spiritual journey that (re) connects a person to the deepest parts of themselves, it is not a religious process that requires any particular theological or denominational orientation. The most basic definition of spirituality is a feeling of being connected to something outside yourself.

Our program is goal-oriented with the Veterans we support to achieve greater connection to the world outside themselves.

Additional Information

Become a Certified Peer Support Specialist!

Volunteers of America of Illinois is offering an opportunity for the Veterans enrolled in our programming to become certified peer support specialists. To receive the certification, you will take part in a 40 hour, 5 day training course with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance along with the VOA National Veterans Resource Squad. This opportunity is free of cost, but requires a commitment to attend the full training session along with 6 months of volunteer availability for 1 hour each week. This certification will significantly increase your ability to be hired for similar work at organizations that provide services to veterans. Application process is now closed.

Certification Program to take place at Hope Manor II August 6 2018 - August 10 2018.

For more information please contact amacool-cunningham@voail.org.

To learn more about our Hero 2 Hero team, please call,
Phone: 312-564-2300
Fax: 312-564-2301