"Grace After Fire" outreach coordinator Michelle Rosales-Kneubuhl, a Marine, says the group helps veterans "know that there's someone else out there that they can call and talk to and, in confidence, be able to share what it is that they're going through and realize they're not alone."According to the program, eight out of 10 female veterans report needing support for post-traumatic stress disorder, injuries or military sexual assault.
Groups such as Grace After Fire blend the military approach with reality.
"It's a mission -- you're going to have to go through some stuff, and you're going to have to get to a certain point where it's going to be OK," Rosales-Kneubuhl said.
Kelle Marie Kelly spent years in the military, serving in Al Asad, Iraq as a medic. For Kelly, being worlds away from home, not the fighting, is what bothered her the most.
"You feel so alone, at least I did, when I was there, I mean yes, you have the company, people to help you when you're in the service, but being away from your family, just all the struggles you see and a lot of people go inside, and you're just all alone," says Kelly.
Her dream was getting home and getting back to normal life. But after years away from home, normalcy was something that didn't exist anymore.
"You come from Iraq and you're just let go, you're just released, you can do what you want now. You freeze up. Okay, what do I do? Where do you go and how do I act?" says Kelley.