Former Marine Creates Veterans Mentorship Group on Facebook, Website

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (WNDU) – After serving with the United States Marine Corps in the Middle East, Scott Leeper, of Mishawaka, saw the need for a mentor for veterans. Certified Life and Mindset Coach, Leeper runs a monthly Veterans Mentorship Group at VFW # 360 on Jefferson Boulevard.

But he wanted more veterans to help each other on a larger scale.

“If I can coach people in this context [at the V.F.W.] here I can do it nationwide via Facebook, ”Leeper said.

Last June, Leeper launched the Vets Mentoring Vets Facebook group. In one month, it gathered 8,600 soldiers. Today, more than 12,000 current and former US soldiers help each other meet challenges, provide solutions and resources. Political discussions or negative comments are not allowed.

Leeper said he saw suicidal veterans contact the social media group.

“The [Facebook group] usually just attaches to that person. You’ll see 80 comments on a post, from people reaching out, ”he suggested. “The next day you will see this same person say that they are extremely grateful to this group because someone in the group contacted him. In fact, they phoned them, realized that suicide was not the solution. “

Seeing the rapid growth of the Facebook group, Leeper realized that he had touched a vein, that veterans were hungry for genuine resources. Having served in the military and using his life and mindset coaching skills, Leeper founded the membership-based Alpha Lima Charlie website. For a monthly subscription of $ 47, members receive a weekly coaching video on Leeper’s state of mind as well as a survival guide that requires viewers to answer questions based on the media content of the videos of Leeper. Leeper. It also offers action steps, with the aim of inspiring veterans to take small steps in the process of healing and adjusting to civilian life.

“We as veterans understand so closely what we’ve been through. We’re not ready to let this go so that we can move forward, and that’s a way to help them release that, ”Leeper explained.

Leeper creates his content based on a concept called Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), which he says works on the subconscious.

“By using NLP, they don’t even have to go back and keep going through the same challenges they’ve faced over and over again, as if it were a traumatic experience,” said Leeper.

Through corporate sponsorship, AMVETS is able to put 10 veterans into the organization’s healing program through Alpha Lima Charlie de Leeper. Sherman Gillums, Jr., AMVETS Advocacy Manager, said Alpha Lima Charlie teaches veterans how to heal in a practical and comprehensive way.

“The answer does not lie on the outside with a pill. The answer does not lie outside with a retreat you have to go to. It is in you, and [the program] asks you to look at the problem, to look at the barrier you’re facing in a different way, ”said Gillums, Jr., a retired 2 Chief Warrant Officer in the Marine Corps.

Local businesses interested in sponsoring other Veterans can contact Leeper at (574) 205-9410 or email [email protected]

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