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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 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.