BENEFITING: SOLDIERS PROJECT
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I hope you are enjoying a peaceful holiday season. In this season of giving, I wish to share information about a cause I care deeply about. I serve as a volunteer clinician and on the Board of Directors of The Soldiers Project, a non-profit organization that provides free and confidential mental health services to post 9/11 service members, Veterans and their loved ones.
I started volunteering with The Soldiers Project about five years ago, after attending a training in Philadelphia about working with women veterans who had experienced military sexual trauma. I have worked with Veterans and military families for nearly 20 years in one capacity or another. I began to see that many of those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan during America’s longest ongoing combat missions, were returning bearing psychological scars from their experiences.
These “hidden wounds of war” include posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury, anger management and other emotion regulation issues, and suicidal ideation. All of us are too familiar with the tragic statistic - more than 22 service members or Veterans (from all wars) take their lives every day in the U.S. In honor of my 90 year old father-in-law, who is a WWII Veteran and my own father, who passed away a few years ago and was also a Veteran, and for my many Uncles who were WWII Veterans, and cousins and friends who were/are Viet Nam Veterans, I am a devoted volunteer with The Soldiers Project. Their experiences after they returned from serving were challenging, and when I was invited by Dr. Judith Broder, the founder of The Soldiers Project, to lend my expertise as a mental health professional to the organization, I jumped at the chance.
The Soldiers Project makes a real difference. We work closely with our clients to provide the services they need for as long as they need them, always free of charge and confidential. We have received the endorsement and support of VA facilities across the country. As a volunteer clinician and board member for TSP, I can tell you first-hand about the valuable work we do in supplementing available resources for service members, veterans, and their loved ones. We offer the kind of personal, anonymous, and deeply caring services they need, but all too often cannot get through our current systems of care.
Today, please join me in making a gift to The Soldiers Project. Our program costs per client are far less than what similar treatment would cost at the VA – less than $800 per year! Your gifts make a huge difference in the lives of the men and women that we serve.
Our organization may be small, but we are growing. We have chapters in Chicago, Houston, Long Island, New York City, Sacramento, Southern California, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wyoming. We served more than 500 in 2014 and more than 600, so far, this year. The phone keeps ringing, and we keep answering. Help us to answer the calls for many more.
Thank you for considering my request, and please reach out to me if you want to learn more about the excellent work that we do. Together, we can make a difference to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.
Nadine M. Bean, PhD, LCSW