Meet Host Steven
Steven Bates served in both the US Air Force Reserves and the US Air Force for a total of 18 years
combined service. His first assignment was with the 919th Special Operations Group where he fulfilled a
position as a Fire Team Leader in a 44-member Air Base Ground Defense Response Unit. Serving in the
Air Force, Steven served as a Stinger Missile Team Chief, a Missile Field Flight Security Controller, an
Assistant Security Forces Flight Chief, as well as various other combat and special weapons capacities.
He is a Gulf war veteran that has served his nation in several countries and continents.
Since departing the military, Steven struggled with depression and PTSD as well as the repressed trauma
from being a rape victim early in his career and numerous health issued from military service.
Recuperating has been a long struggle including a few suicide attempts but in his recovery efforts he has
become certified in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
and completed the 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team Certification training course. He served as a co-
facilitator for a Suicide Attempt Survivor Support Group known as the Lived Experience for the non-profit
Grace for 2 Brothers Foundation out of Cheyenne Wyoming and has been a facilitator for the Warriors
for Life Peer virtual Support Groups for over 2 years.
Steven is a published author and runs a non-profit of his own, www.poemspeak.org , which provides a
free book of PTSD, depression and suicide related poetry to any who ask. All 6 of his books of poetry can
be found on Amazon through his Author’s page at Amazon.com: Steven Bates: books, biography, latest
Steven has also become an ordained minister and has a degree in Security Administrations. He currently
lives in Athens, Alabama with his wife and three dogs, and hopes to live long enough to see his seven
grandchildren graduate college. He is rated 100% (service connected) permanently and totally disabled
by the VA for PTSD, depression, fibromyalgia, asthma, multiple surgeries and many other ailments and
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 307-287-3615
Join Wednesday Nights - “Mid-Week Musings!” - Host Air Force Veteran & Author Steven Bates on the Warriors for Life (WFL) Online Peer Group Support Meetup.
The Line-Up & TIMES Each Night (Unless noted with a different time below) are:
4:30 PM PT,
5:30 PM MT,
6:30 PM CT, &
7:30 PM ET