Basic Training for Veterans with Pain

Monthly group for veterans with chronic pain. This group meets on the 1st Thursday of the month and will be facilitated by Katie Benson, Coast Guard veteran and trained U.S. Pain Foundation leader. Katie can be contacted at tobynprincess@gmail.com. “Although my time in the Coast Guard was cut short I am honored to continue serving my brothers and sisters, who also suffer through unrelenting pain. This veteran group is a chance for all of us to come together and build better support foundations with fellowship and pain management tools. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to keep moving forward.”

Pain Connection is a support group program of the U.S. Pain Foundation. All support groups leaders have gone through our training program, where they learn to guide productive, compassionate discussions amongst participants. They are also trained in helpful techniques, like meditation, breathing exercises, guided imagery, decision-making models, role-playing, assertiveness skills, and more.

All discussions in Pain Connection groups are confidential, and designed with your comfort in mind. For example, you should feel free to lie down during groups. 

Currently, all groups are meeting via Zoom. To register please fill out the form on this page and an email confirmation will be sent to you with a zoom link. 

If you have questions about our support groups, or are interested in starting one in your area, please reach out at info@painconnection.org.

Basic Training for Veterans with Pain

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Days: First Thursday of each month
Time: 7-8:00pm ET
Contact: Kate Benson at tobynprincess@gmail.com

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Waiver and Release*
Please scroll through entire waiver and read before confirming you are over the age of 18 and accept its terms.

By registering for a support group, I acknowledge that I have agreed to participate in a Chronic Pain Support Group (“support group”) organized by Pain Connection, a program of U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. I understand that the support group will include discussion of healthcare, work and family issues and the management of chronic pain and that the level of my participation in this support group and any group activities must be determined by me, in consultation with my physician or other qualified healthcare provider. I further understand that the support group leaders are volunteers and people with pain who have undergone training with U.S Pain Foundation, Inc. and that they may not be physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists or other trained healthcare professionals. The support groups are provided for education and support - they are not therapy groups. U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, but does not advocate any one particular treatment for any one type of pain.

I acknowledge that the support group leaders and/or U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc., by making this support group available, are not undertaking any responsibility regarding my medical condition(s). If I feel that my medical condition(s) are adversely affected by my participation in the support group, I understand that it is my responsibility to discontinue participation and to immediately consult with my healthcare provider about continuing or resuming participation.

I agree that all information obtained in the support group is to be considered confidential and I shall hold the same in confidence, shall not disclose, publish or otherwise reveal any of the confidential information received from any participants in the support group and/or U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. to any other party whatsoever.

All the provisions of this release and waiver shall also apply to a support group conducted by video and/or telephone-conferencing, which may be less secure than in-person support groups, and I fully understand the nature and extent of the potential risks involved with participation in a support group using these forms of electronic media. I agree not to make any type of recording (audio and/or video) of the support group.

I hereby, on behalf of myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, assume the risks associated with participation in the support group and release, indemnify and hold harmless the support group leaders, U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. and it’s agents, officers, members, volunteers and employees from any and all claims, demands, for personal injuries, costs, expenses, and any other loss to person or property arising out of or resulting from my participation in the support group.

I have read this waiver and release and confirm that I am aged eighteen or over. I have been given the opportunity to ask any questions and I fully understand and agree to the above.

For a hard copy of this waiver please visit Click Here.

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