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Causes: Community Mental Health Centers, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

Mission: We provide free, unlimited, confidential psychological counseling to post-9/11 Veterans and their loved ones. All branches are served and counseling is provided to all regardless of discharge status.

Target demographics: post-9/11 Veterans and their loved ones

Direct beneficiaries per year: 540 post-9/11 Veterans and their loved ones.

Geographic areas served: 7 states

Programs: mental health counseling

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Karen353

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began as an Intern at The Soldiers Project through the MSW program at USC. Not only did I gain valuable experience here in the non-profit sector, I also got to see first hand how dedicated and genuinely interested they are in the well-being of military families. I myself am a surviving spouse and found it personally gratifying to know that a program, organization, and people of such caliber are looking to meet the needs of our service members and their families. I love TSP and thank you for all you do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer clinician working with Veterans for this organization. I am proud to be a volunteer and contributing to the success of The Soldiers Project. There is not a more worthwhile organization I would rather place my time and effort into!
Dr Beth Siegel,PsyD.

David312

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work on the board of a different non-profit and, in my travels, I have worked with one of the board members of The Soldiers Project on many occasions. Most of our conversations have been around raising awareness and funds to help those in need. I have rarely met a more passionate individual so loyal to a cause. For many years he has regularly given away his personal time, stepping away from his wife and kids over the weekend to work for this exceptional group.

In my experience, when members of the board believe this strongly in what they are working for, you have an organization worth your time.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The organization helps veterans reclaim their lives after coming home. Outreach and help for the soldier with wounds that cannot always be seen. They work with professionals who donate their time in several states. Definitely a worthy organization for recognition of their efforts

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began as a volunteer psychologist after attending a training by the founder, Dr. Judith Broder in 2006, who has inspired many of us with her dedication and leadership. Working with the Soldiers Project providing therapy to couples and families affected by war has provided me with invaluable learning and professional development.
The consultation group experience with other licensed volunteers has been meaningful as have the many hours of training provided to me as a volunteer. This is a wonderful way to give back to our community and to those who serve, and is much needed.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family thoroughly researched the services that The Soldiers Project offers before making a contribution to them. We also met with Adam Greenwald, the Executive Director, and had the opportunity to ask many questions. We continue to be happy with our decision to support this worthy organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked as a consultant with the development staff while they were seeking new full-time staff. The Soldiers Project was a wonderful agency to work for and with. They provide a service that meets an unfilled need for the provision of mental health counseling not only for veterans, but also for the people who love them.

Advisor

Rating: 5

THANK YOU Soldiers Project for the work you do, filling a big service gap for our veterans. I can speak mostly with someone who works with the office staff at Soldiers Project, that every decision seems to go through a thoughtful process. I'm not a veteran and so can't speak to the services themselves - I understand they are great - but can say that this is a nonprofit that is run very well. Bravo Soldiers Project!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Soldiers Project fills a void in the universe of returned veterans, helping to heal the invisible wounds of those who have bravely served our country. They do great work in helping those suffering from PTSD, and doing so anonymously so that those who need help or perhaps even more likely to seek and receive it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Soldiers Project does important and powerful work helping combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan adjust to the trauma of their wartime experience and to life as a civilian. PTSD, TBI, moral injury, MST are just a few of psychological maladies the Soldiers Project addresses. I have spent six years as a volunteer therapist for this fine organization, and found the work they do rewarding, the staff respectful, warm, and highly competent, and the need of its services immense and growing every year.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Without the Soldiers Project, many veterans would have little to no real access to mental healthcare. Long waits or lack of availability for appointments at the VA are a very real problem, and great nonprofits like this one are much needed to fill the gaps! I am so appreciative of the work they do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a very worthy cause. These men and women need our support. They have given more than we will ever understand.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for TSP for six months, helping to raise money. Andrea, Adam and the rest of TSP's people are passionate and professional. The vibe in the office is very wholesome and comfortable, yet very purposeful. Sometimes it seemed difficult raising money to help the psychological needs of soldiers, as opposed to their physical needs. Therefore, I wish the general public would realize that emotional ravages of war can be just as debilitating as physical ones, although they might not be as apparent. This is why TSP's mission is so important. These are wonderful people helping America's heroes in a quiet, but powerful way.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a close family member of an Army Platoon SSgt who has served in infantry in both Iraq and Afghanistan, I had concerns about PTSD and mental health availability for both the soldiers and the family members of soldiers returning from deployment. When I decided to volunteer with a not for profit with focus on individuals who had served in the military and their families, I looked around and tried to find a program that worked directly with helping returning soldiers live the best lives possible. I even went as far as visiting The Soldiers Project office in LA while I was on a business trip, just to see the group up close and personal. I volunteered because I believe in the cause and I have had a good experience with the genuine care exhibited by the volunteers and staff that I have met I really like the work that I do, which is personally reaching out to Active Duty and Veterans Organizations. There is much acknowledgement in the military community of the need for mental health that is free and serves any veteran post 9/11 regardless of discharge status. I am generally met with open arms when I visit military bases and Veteran Centers.In the cases where there has been lots of questions , its generally because The Soldiers Project "seems too good to be true". The Soldiers Project is the real thing and I am proud to be a part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It took quite some time to get up the nerve to actually call and talk to Charlie at the Soldiers House, it was even harder to go in and "start therapy". But once the anxiety wore off and the sessions started.....I realized that I could greive for a lost friend, I could voice my rage about "The Army". I could talk about my deepest darkest fears.......I could find healing thru discussion and addressing issues. The Soldiers House has honestly changed my life and my relationships with my family! I am very thankful for it and I have tried to put myself out there to promote our local chapter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with The Soldiers Project through a Taproot service grant for their first annual report. My role was as Account Director and Project Manager. It was pleasure to work with everyone at The Soldiers Project and meet some of their therapists and clients. I was extremely impressed with the professionalism and dedication of their Executive Director and Development Director toward serving the post 911 vets, their families and friends, and their ongoing effort to expand their client and volunteer therapist base. I can say that The Soldiers Project has had a positive influence on the success of veterans returning home.

Holly74

Advisor

Rating: 5

I’ve worked and volunteered with over a dozen organizations over the years and by far The Soldiers Project is one of the best. From a thoughtful and innovative staff to caring board members, this organization values their patrons and clients. They provide invaluable resources for the veteran community in Los Angeles and the work they do solidifies why we need to continue to support our troops and provide post counseling and therapy projects to ensure our vets the proper care after they have risked their lives for us.

When I first met with the staff, I immediately knew I found a charity that I wanted to dedicate more time to and assist in any way that I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As Chapter Director of Pets For Vets Ventura County, CA, The Soldiers Project has graciously extended their therapeutic expertise to our dog trainers that work closely with veterans with PTSD, TBI, MST, Major Depression, etc. This has given our dog trainers excellent insight regarding triggers and symptoms while interacting with the veteran. This has helped them build better interpersonal skills with the veteran which ensures a successful companion pet match. Big thank you to TSP for all of your support!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work with Makeovers that Matter, a nonprofit that provides a holistic - body and mind program for female veterans. One of the most important elements of our program is self-evaluation. We strengthen this part of the program through our collaboration with The Soldiers Project. They provide an ongoing safety net for our vets through their one-on -one counseling with caring, compassionate professionals. They are the best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Soldiers Project is an outstanding non-profit. Compassionate dedication to our Veterans and their loved ones is demonstrated through all they do. I have been working with The Soldiers Project as a website admin and it is inspiring to click through their site and see the incredible scope of their operation. Not only do they provide free professional psychotherapy for post 9/11 service members, but they also reach out to educate the general public on the challenges of returning home. Their upcoming national conference, “Honor and Healing: 10 Years of The Soldiers Project” addresses this reintegration and is sure to be a wonderful resource for mental health professionals, Veterans, and the community at-large.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer therapist for TSP I whole-heartedly support the organization and its mission. To those who served; you gave, risked and sometimes lost so much, your families gave, and we know your return home is not always easy. To the rest of us; it is time for us to give back. I hope that giving my time and expertise, willingly, free, and unrestricted makes a powerful statement of how much I honor the veterans in my community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kudos to this great non-profit for providing a psychological safety net for military service members, veterans and their loved ones. Our support of organizations such as The Soldiers Project provides us the opportunity to express our pride and appreciation to and for the many who have served and sacrificed to make our country free.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for 4 years helping with financial and operational issues. I have seen first hand the dedication and energy expended by staff and by the wonderful volunteer therapists who have a giant impact on the lives of our veterans. As a veteran myself I appreciate the commitment of long term therapy and confidentiality which can be life-changing for the men and women who have served and are serving. I also really like that they offer services to family members who can be heavily impacted by the issues their loved ones are confronting. I would encourage everyone to find a way to help The Soldiers Project, whether by volunteering (especially licensed therapists) or cash and in-kind donations.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I worked with the staff of this organization to write their Annual Report. Through that process I met and spoke to several service men and women who told me The Soldiers Project saved their jobs, families, even their lives. The stories were both heartbreaking and uplifting.

I also met with therapists who give their time pro bono to help veterans in need of confidential and immediate help. The training they receive from The Soldiers Project makes them uniquely qualified to take on the issues faced by service men and women as well as the family and friends of those in need.

The staff members of The Soldiers Project are all passionate and dedicated to giving help to veterans and their families. The taboo of mental health problems in the military is an enormous stigma to overcome. The Soldiers Project recognizes this, and provides what no other non-profit offers to vets: Total Confidentiality. Their plans to grow nationally through outreach and word of mouth recommendations will continue to be an invaluable source of comfort, relief, and support for our veterans who are coping with the unseen wounds of war.

Salman A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great work done with the vets who need the care. Enjoyed being a part of donating to this organization with personal communication I received.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization helping our returning Troops. All of the personnel are trained professionals and really help our men and women with their needs. Please, please, please; send them donations, as this service is a very important to all of us. Thank you Adam Greenwald and The Soldier's Project!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with The Soldiers Project for nearly a year as a web and marketing consultant. Through a network of volunteer therapists, they provide free, one-on-one, confidential counseling to post-9/11 veterans. Though they are a small organization, they are extremely passionate about, and dedicated to their work, and he people they support. Everything they do is centered around how it supports our service men and women recover from the unseen wounds that war leaves behind.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Soldiers Project is an extraordinary organization that does everything it says it's going to do for those veterans and their families who need counseling.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Soldiers Project does much needed work to help our veterans heal from the "invisible wounds"of war.They have an ingenious structure in that the confidential therapy they provide is free to all who may need it-soldiers, veterans, and their loved ones, and in private offices. A lot of the vets most in need of therapy are shut out of the VA Healthcare system due to an unfavorable military discharge status. TSP imposes no such limitation.
It's a great organization doing important work on a shoestring budget.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Soldiers Project is a crucial piece of the effort to heal post 9/11 veterans so that they once again be productive members of society. By providing unlimited, free therapy to soldiers and their loved ones, they are assured of ongoing emotional support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Soldiers Project picks up where the VA leaves off. They are dedicated to ensuring that, not only Veterans are taken care of, but their loved ones are as well. They have been doing this work for over 10 years and their clinicians are some of the most qualified providers around.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am inspired and motivated by the volunteer therapists for The Soldiers Project - Long Island Chapter. Their level of commitment and professionalism is astounding. This group truly makes a difference.

Donor

Rating: 4

This mission is spectacular. They serve a population that is in desperate need of help. The volunteers and staff are truly passionate about the mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Soldier's Project (TSP) organization is made up of truly compassionate individuals and volunteers. The Veteran and/or the Military family are the number one priority of TSP. I worked for the chapter in Sacramento, CA and enjoyed every minute of it, doing outreach events and connecting to community resources such as colleges to get the word out about TSP. This non-profit organization is truly amazing and the five star rating is well deserved.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with an amazing mission. Helping veterans and veterans' families is an incredible job that is much needed. It is a great way to give back to those that have provided so much to the rest of us.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had volunteered at a local youth organization in the past. I lost my son to brain cancer in 1993. He was in the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. I know what brain injury is and how difficult it is to cope with, especiallly without help.

The Soldiers Project gives back to our men and women and their families in ways you cannot imagine, until you need them. I am only a volunteer, but I see the grateful eyes of those who are experiencing this lifelong change and I know they appreciate our help.

Without them, we are nothing and giving back is my thanks. God Bless our Soldiers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at The Soldiers Project is an amazing experience! I get a chance to help make a difference and learn more about nonprofits. I have to say that The Soldiers Project is such a blessing because, they help so many families as well as military men and women during their time of need. It is an honor to be apart of The Soldiers Project.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm both a Soldiers Project volunteer and combat veteran who understands the need for therapy for veterans returning home from a combat zone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a volunteer service organization of the highest caliber, carrying out a noble mission - that of providing free, confidential and unlimited counseling to those service members, veterans, and their loved ones in need. I am very proud to volunteer with them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known of The Soldiers Project from its inception and it is one of the finest charities around. They have definitely filled a gap left by our military and our VA system. The Soldiers Project has provided vital treatment to military personnel who were in dire need and could not get their needs met by the military and the VA system. I have the utmost respect for the founder and head of The Soldiers Project, Dr. Judith Broder. Those who work with The Soldiers Project have demonstrated caring and concern for our military personnel wounded by PTSD and I applaud them for all that they have contributed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel very lucky to volunteer at The Soldiers Project and to be part of such a great non-profit who have helped many of our veterans.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am actively pursuing a commission as a Social Worker in the US military and have known about The Soldiers Project for about 5 years now. I have received services they offer as well as volunteered with outreach and other events. The therapists seem dedicated and driven to help not only veterans, but their family members too, and they do it in such a way that makes the client feel safe and supported. The training the therapists receive is top notch; it's nice to see men and women in uniform at the trainings and events. It's relieving to know so many people care about the mental health and well being of the men and women effected by these wars.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working as a volunteer for The Soldiers Project (TSP) over two years ago at the invitation of an employee who I knew from another professional training course. Today, I also volunteer for one other nonprofit and contract as a consultant with several others. I've seen TSP evolve into one the most effective nonprofits I know. They focus on their mission so well as to be extremely efficient with their programs.

I know that this nonprofit is a winner, as I was there at the time when its founder, Dr. Judith Broder, was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for her work in 2011.

guidancevet

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a Veteran and volunteer for The Soldiers Project in New York. This is an incredible organization with very passionate people who have the experience in the Mental Health field to truly help us veterans out. I volunteer back when I was attending school and using my GI BIll and knew I wanted to get into the field of counseling to help my fellow veterans. Dr. Broder is an incredible lady, very passionate and honest and because of her leadership, this organization has flourished into such a great organization. I volunteered with The Soldiers Project by putting them on Facebook, I was the creator of their Facebook page. Once I shared the idea with Dr. Broder and the NY Chapter, they were ecstatic about it and they were so thankful to me for becoming a volunteer. As a Veteran Employment Counselor, I make sure to mention The Soldiers project to any Vets who request the help, and I really cannot be any happier to support this organization. So yes, as a Veteran, the Founder of a Non-Profit myself, a certified counselor and a Veterans Employment counselor, I highly recommend us Veterans of today take advantage of getting help from the members of The Soldiers Project. This is a group we can turn to for help if the VA is not what we want. To Dr. Broder and all members, continue to do this great work, us veterans need it. Thank You. -Steve

1 Greg25

Advisor

Rating: 5

Judith Broder and her team at The Soldiers Project do an amazing job! We are greatly impressed by their work and dedication to providing mental health services to those returning from war.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a second year doctoral student of clinical psychology. I am interested in serving the military community when I graduate, so I volunteered with The Soldiers Project to learn more about the needs of the community. I thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering with them. It is clear that Hans and Chris are passionate and committed to serving veterans. The organization is so involved in the community and they do great work! For any service member, veteran or loved one that is looking for counseling or psychological services in the Chicagoland area (The Soldiers Project is also in other cities!), I highly recommend The Soldiers Project. All of their services are free and confidential. The clinicians are committed to working with their clients for as long as it takes. The clinicians also receive training about working with the military community, so they are familiar with some of the struggles and terminology common in the military. But most of all, everyone I met truly cared about veterans. My experience with them was so enriching!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a non-profit with military/veteran and military/veteran family programming. The Soldiers Project has been instrumental in a grassroots effort to bridge the gap between service providers and those in need. I can't say enough about this organization; they organize relevant trainings, they're tireless in their efforts, and they provide free mental health counseling to OEF/OIF/OND veterans. This is THE example of a non-profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soldiers Project has grown to be an essential and respected service in Chicago. The service is direct and broad in its scope. This makes it easy to accept and refer people, and allows us see people that other organizations (like the VA or Vet Centers) can not. This also allows us to fill a needs gap that would otherwise be neglected. For this reason, many people at the VA and other veteran organizations are very thankful to have us around.

1 Joseph15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with The Soldier's Project, over the last year, has provided me with the privilege and opportunity of serving Iraqi and Afghanistan combat veterans and family members, as a "Clinician Volunteer" and the "Coordinator of the Speakers Bureau." As a Vietnam era veteran, retired Army Reserve Social Work Officer, retired Army Civilian Social Worker, and father of an Army veteran, I have observed the incredible price paid by our service members and their families over the last ten years, so that the rest of us can experience and enjoy the benefits of liberty. Over the last year, it has been my privilege to represent The Soldier's Project at various Veterans events in the area. I have not found any other groups providing "free" mental health services to Iraqi and/or Afghanistan combat veterans and their family members. I have experienced excellent training and support provided by The Soldier's Project, for its volunteers; and highly recommend it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first hear about The Soldiers Project on National Public Radio several years ago. Their work was told by the wife of a deployed soldier who was trying to raise her three children single handedly and continue to be supportive of her husband. The pressure of his deployment into harm’s way and the stress of raising three small children lead her to sleepless nights, high anxiety and an inability to focus on the everyday tasks of life. It was a volunteer clinician from The Soldiers Project who treated her and her children free of charge. This help was a very positive experience for her and her family. Hearing her story encouraged me to volunteer. This is my third year volunteering for The Soldiers Project. I can't say enough about all their good and generous work. Nancy D.

1 Brooke H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So worthwhile!! Every soldier should benefit from this wonderful service!

2 Pam_35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's wonderful that there exists a group dedicated to helping people help themselves. Serving the military, who have served our country, seems like it would be a slam dunk, but few resources really exist for these dedicated individuals. These are people who have made a living being strong and now are reaching out for help. The Soldier's Project gives them the assistance they need to get on the road to health and does so in a way that lets the service people know that they are still valued and valuable.

1 Jenna-lee G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Soldiers Project is one of those organizations that was created to serve active duty and veteran service members and their loved ones and, nearly a decade into their work, is still doing just that! The definition of "loved ones" at The Soldiers Project is broad and includes spouses, partners, parents, siblings, children, roommates, friends, colleagues, and co-workers, among others. So many returning service members are finding the VA unable to provide the care they need, either because they don't have the resources (i.e., the manpower) or have decided the service member doesn't have a problem - something the service member knows is not true. Many service members have contacted The Soldiers Project because they are just getting medication from the VA and they need - and want - talk therapy, as well. So many spouses have contacted The Soldiers Project because they aren't eligible to use their local Veterans Center or VA. Still others have contacted us because they are still on active duty and are afraid of the recriminations and risk to their careers if they or their spouse/partner seeks mental health treatment through official channels. The Soldiers Project is there for those service members and veterans... it's there to bring them ALL the way home.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Work begun by our Founder, Dr. Judith Broder, in 2006 was formally organized as The Soldiers Project in 2010. The organization offers free, unlimited, confidential counseling to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and to their families. Hundreds of licensed therapists volunteer thousands of hours each year to serve men and women who are coping with coming home after war. Although the VA and the military offer services to the best of their abilities it is not enough and often those needing help are reluctant to open up to "official" organizations. The families, employers, colleges and others in contact also need help and education about how to handle the issues that coming home creates. The Soldiers Project offers education, guidance and counseling on those issues where ever it is needed. It provides a large unfulfilled need.