VET-VIP was created in April of 2015 by a veteran in St petersburg Florida. She had recently moved to St Pete and did not know anyone. After having gone to the VA and inquiring about groups for young veterans she discovered there were none in this area. Jessica Helmes then created a group for veterans by veterans called VIP, Veterans Interact Program.
The intentions of this program are to link up veterans to one another in their respective cities and to encourage them to meet offline, participate in activities and rebuild that camaraderie lost upon exiting the service. By developing these relationships we are slowly building a support system close to home of people like us, who understand what we have gone through in the past and what we struggle with in the present. Many of us battle PTSD and this organization is intended to help veterans find strength and confidence through each other.