Frequently Asked Questions
Who qualifies to receive mental health services?
All post-9/11 Veterans and their loved ones qualify for our services regardless of discharge status.
How do I make contact?
Chapter phone numbers and email addresses can be found HERE.
Does it cost anything?
Our clinicians volunteer their time and expertise. All sessions are free.
Where are the sessions held?
Your sessions are held in the private offices of the clinicians.
What types of therapists are available? Are they trained to deal with war trauma?
Our volunteers are all fully trained and licensed Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, or Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses. They have participated in specialized training related to combat stress, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as the issues of deployment, combat, homecoming, and re-entry to civilian life.
Do you offer treatment to Vietnam vets?
How do you get your funding?
100% of our funding is from private foundations, individuals and groups.
How can I make a donation?
You can send a tax-deductible donation to The Soldiers Project, 4605 Lankershim Blvd., Suite 202, North Hollywood, CA 91602. You can also donate securely online, by clicking HERE.
What kind of treatment is available?
We are flexible in what we provide. We offer consultation and treatment, including individual, couple, and family. If requested, we can facilitate a support group for loved ones of deployed service members. Call or email to inquire. If you feel the need for support during these difficult times or just have some things you’d like to talk over, we are available.
How do you assign therapists?
We consider your needs, your location, and available clinician before assigning someone for you to call for your first appointment. It sometimes happens that a person may feel that the therapist to whom he has been referred is not a “good match” for one reason or another. We encourage you to call again and get another referral.
Will anyone know I am getting therapy?
The Soldiers Project does not report to any governmental agency, as it is a private, independent, non-profit group. No one will be told you are receiving therapy.
How many sessions can I have?
You can have as many sessions as you will need to help you deal with your unique issues.
Can I get treatment when I am in Iraq or Afghanistan or on short-term leave at home?
Yes, therapists will make themselves available via email for continued contact while you are on a deployment. When you are on leave at home, you can also have as many sessions as you would like, given the availability of the therapist.
Are there Soldiers Projects throughout the US?
We started in Los Angeles. Today, there are chapters in Chicago, Long Island, New York City, Washington State, Pennsylvania, Houston, Wyoming and Sacramento. We are hoping that other mental health professionals will be inspired to start similar free mental health treatment groups so that we can reach soldiers and their families throughout the US. Please contact us HERE to learn more about starting a chapter near you.
Are you a charitable organization?
Yes. The Soldiers Project is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) organization. Your donations are tax-deductible. Our tax ID number is 27-2815356.
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