At the heart of the Amputee Coalition’s mission is our peer support programs. Our goal is to make sure that no one goes through this journey alone. We believe that support comes in many forms and can make an incredible difference in recovery and rehabilitation. The Coalition offers peer support in the form of support groups, hospital partnership programs, youth camp, and our Certified Peer Visitor program.
No one is potentially in a better position to understand about living life with an amputation or supporting a person with limb loss/difference than someone who has been there. An experienced, well-trained peer can offer encouragement and information from a place, and at a pace, that an individual in this circumstance can better absorb.
What is a Certified Peer Visitor (CPV)?
The Amputee Coalition’s Certified Peer Visitors are trained volunteers who provide information and support for individuals about to undergo an amputation or who currently have limb loss/difference.
There are three categories of peer visitors that we train:
- A person with limb loss or limb difference
- A family member of a person with limb loss or limb difference
- Military / VA : an individual with current or previous military or VA experience who is living with limb loss or limb difference