Christopher Araujo is the Austin/Travis County Coordinator for the Military Veteran Peer Network. He is a trained peer support specialist through MVPN as well as a trained veteran peer support group facilitator through Bring Everyone in the Zone.
Christopher spent 15 years (1999 – 2014) in the US Army as an Indirect Fire Infantryman. He was stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY, Ft. Drum, NY, and Ft. Hood, TX. He did his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2002 in support of operation at Tarnak Farms, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He was then deployed in 2005 to Baghdad, Iraq for 15 months. In 2010, he was again deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as part of the surge in the Regional Command South area of operations. He conducted numerous operations throughout the southern part of Afghanistan. In 2012, he was deployed to Afghanistan for the third time, to Helmand Province, in support of retro grade operations.
Christopher continues to serve, as the coordinator for the Military Veteran Peer network. He is involved in many projects, to include advocating for veteran mental health, training, and support. He was instrumental in establishing, with the partnership of the TDCJ reentry division, the first veteran’s reentry dorm in the state of Texas at the Travis State Jail.
Christopher is trained in Mental Health First Aid and in Crisis Intervention through the Austin Police Department.
Christopher assists the Austin Police Departments Crisis Intervention Team during veteran crisis response.
Christopher trains Austin Police Department Cadets on veteran resources and PTSD.
Christopher trains multiple government entities, colleges, and veteran service organizations on Military Informed Care.
Christopher is also on the Travis County Veteran’s Court team, offering peer mentoring to those going through this program.
Christopher has been a guest on many community panels concerning veteran’s affairs and is currently a committee member of the Community Advancement Network Community Council.