Your donations help us continue to give free and confidential therapy to post-9/11 Veterans and their loved ones.
Please help us continue to bring our troops “all the way home”, so they can begin to fully re-enter their communities, connect with their families, and begin their journey toward healing.
Thank you for your generous support!
For more information, contact Andrea Gall Schmitt, Director of Development,
at (818) 761-7438 x 209 or at ASchmitt@TheSoldiersProject.org.
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I served in Afghanistan as a Heavy Weapons Expert (11B) with an E.T.T., or Embedded Training Team with the A.B.P. (Afghan Border Police). My 13 man team had 50 miles of Pakistan’s border as our A.O. (Area of Operation). After being wounded I was medevaced and spent 18 months with the Army’s W.T.U. (Warrior Transition Unit), mostly at West Point and Walter Reed. I’ll say I had a hard time, and leave it at that. After my discharge I was given 70% for Chronic PTSD and told by the V.A. they didn’t have the staff to provide me a psychologist. I suffered for three years without help until I reached out in response to the repeated offers from The Soldiers Project. I was given a psychologist who immediately began to help me a great deal. The Soldiers Project is a vital organization accomplishing important things for veterans. Without them I would surely be in a darker place today. If you are like me, take the courage you once used to overcome adversity in your military life and use it to ask for help. The Soldiers Project epitomizes the gratitude our nation feels towards us and they want to help.Read The Full Testimonial
When I contacted The Soldiers Project, I was so desperate for help. My partner was about to deploy, and our relationship had taken a turn. She was so distant and despondent, and I couldn’t figure out how to relate. I called The Soldiers Project and was connected with a therapist within the next week. I was so hesitant to engage, thinking I was crazy and that my feelings were not typical. What I found was a person who not only understood my feelings, but the struggles that occur when a loved one leaves on a terrifying journey. My therapist stuck with me throughout the trenches of war, the feelings of terror, helplessness and at times, resentment. Upon reintegration, we as a couple have faced the most difficult challenge of our relationship of 7 years. The impact of PTSD is tangible everyday, and without the support of The Soldiers Project, I don’t know where I would be. I have come to understand the impact that trauma not only had on my partner, but us as a couple. As we move forward, I know I can count on the support and understanding I have found in my therapist. She has been a lifeline for me, and anyone who may be seeking support can be assured that they will find comfort and safety in knowing that they will always have someone who can understand the unique struggles that impact military families.Read The Full Testimonial
I tried to get help on base. I went to everything except the mental health services, because although they say they don’t affect your career, I have seen it affect people’s careers and their employment status. But, I talked openly to my leadership and tried to get help, and it seemed as if everyone wanted to help, but everyone was too busy or just didn’t follow up, and with my schedule of constantly being on the road, whenever they got back to me I was gone, and when I would get back to them I had to start all over. I was at wit’s end. My new marriage was falling apart. I was having anger issues at work and home and outside in public. I finally felt I was going to hurt myself or just didn’t know what to do. I called and got a hold of someone from The Soldiers Project, who said she had a name and address and an appointment for me. That counselor followed up. They gave service free of charge. I was seen nearly the same day, and was given frequent follow up visits. And, with time, my relationships improved and my work environment, while it didn’t change, it became manageable as I could talk with someone about it who wasn’t in my chain of command. Today my wife and I are doing better together and my work is going much better. I was able to get my Master’s degree while working and while I am still working on my anger, it’s also manageable. THANK YOU! You saved a life.Read The Full Testimonial