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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Develop a sustainable national network of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise in our society. We are dedicated to providing free mental health care to veterans, active duty service members and their loved ones.

Results: Our network of volunteer mental health providers has grown to 7,000. They can provide free mental health services in every state and US territory.

Target demographics: Veterans, active duty military servicemembers and their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Due to confidentiality, we do not know the number of beneficiaries, but do know that providers have given about 200,000 hours of free help since 2005.

Geographic areas served: United States and Territories

Programs: Providing free mental health care to military veterans, active duty service members and their loved ones.

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

There is no graver decision made by our elected leaders than to go to war. Thus as a citizen of a democracy, I believe that we make a contract with our fellow citizens who serve in the military. They uphold a solemn oath to protect our freedoms. In exchange for their service, we should support them in time of return to reclaim their civilian lives. Give An Hour has a proven track record of providing mental healthcare to our returning veterans. These important skills help with the most common costs to our military from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: brain injuries due to post traumatic stress. In addition, the veterans provide the nation with a model to manage our number one healthcare problem: brain disease in its many forms, especially substance abuse disorders and suicide. Science, technology and healthcare provide real remedies and treatment for these problems. We must push forward to improve the data. One in five Americans are afflicted; yet only ten percent of these individuals seek and get the care which will improve their health and address their problems. As well current data shows that our returning veterans are waiting in excess of 100 days for their first appointment for care from the VA. Also half of the returning veterans are using private health insurance for their medical needs. Give An Hour is doing its utmost best to fill that gap by providing mental healthcare services pro bono to our returning veterans.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member of Give an Hour since its inception in 2006. I do not have a Military Background but have always been inspired by those who devote so much of themselves to our country. I had been looking for ways to give back to those who give so much and Give an Hour afforded me a great opportunity to have an impact. Our focus has been on ensuring returning military (and their families) have access to free mental health services. We currently have over 6000 mental health professionals in our network who confidentially "give an hour" of their time each week to support those service members in need. There are so many heartwarming stories we hear from both recipients of the free mental health services and the mental health providers themselves that demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives of others. It is so inspiring to hear about the individuals whose lives have been turned around by having free confidential access to trained mental health professionals. Everyday I am grateful that I am afforded a chance to make a difference in other's lives through Give an Hour. It is truly a great organization and one that has and will continue to make a difference. The best is yet to come....