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Veterans gather to help each other heal

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LAKE TOMAHAWK (WAOW) -- A group of veterans gather Friday evening in the Northwoods to start a two-day experience of healing.

The Vets4Vets peer support workshop will take place this weekend in Lake Tomahawk. Hundreds of similar workshops take place across the country. It's a 48-hour experience designed to help veterans overcome the effects of war and get back to normal life.

"It's all about veterans," said Tim Bahr, Wisconsin rep for Vets4Vets. "It's one veteran helping another veteran."

Bahr has been a marine for 38 years and has fought in three wars. Now, he's helping fellow veterans transition back to civilian life through Vets4Vets.

Starting Friday night until Sunday, several dozen veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan will gather at Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk. They'll go through a support workshop—each vet helping each other along the way.

"The whole process is an empowering process," said Bahr. "It's the process where a veteran knows that he's not judged. He's not threatened. Nobody's going to disrespect him in this environment."

Organizers say the camp is a peaceful setting.

"Vets4Vets using our camp truly is a perfect marriage of program hooking up with a facility, and both are just right for each other," said Kevin Moshea, director of Camp American Legion.

And Bahr says the process works. Veterans may start the weekend as strangers, but by Sunday, "They'll be brothers and sisters. It'll be pretty cool to watch," said Bahr.

For more information on Vets4Vets and upcoming workshops, visit http://vets4vets.us/.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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