Executive Director – Stepping into the Trenches

 

It’s hard to believe that I have already been with The Soldiers Project for a month! It has been a whirlwind of meetings, planning sessions and getting up to speed with this amazing organization. I am extremely grateful to our loyal volunteers and donors who have supported us throughout this transition, and am simply very glad to be here.

As many of you already know, I took this Executive Director position for the opportunity to continue to serve others as a change leader. During my time as a Marine officer, I led some of our nation’s most incredible young people into overseas theatres where they have lost life and limb to protect us all. I have seen firsthand the blood that has been shed on foreign soil for this country. I am honored to have deployed six times in some of the most dangerous places on earth with true heroes who have taken care of me.

Like so many of our clients, I struggle with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and anxiety. I too have had behavioral therapy change my life to make myself the best husband, father, and leader I can be. Believe me when I say that you will never be the person you really want to be without it.

Over the next few months, The Soldiers Project will develop a plan that will change the way we bring mental and behavioral health support to our clients. You have my solemn word that everything we will do under my leadership will be centered around our veterans and family members, and that every decision we make will be data-driven and thoroughly vetted.

Our country has a significant shortfall of available mental and behavioral providers nationally. There are not enough board-certified providers willing to offer the care our veterans and family members need during their crisis. I believe we have a moral obligation to train the new “force” of clinical and peer providers, so that they may bring services to the next generation of warriors defending our nation’s guiding principles of freedom and democracy. We owe it to our servicemen and women, and their loved ones, to seek as many solutions to their needs as possible.

I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting the job done. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, ideas or even critical feedback of our current program that you may have. You can reach me at mmcdowell@thesoldiersproject.org.

The Soldiers Project will not rest until every veteran and family member has access to premium mental health services in their community. With your help, I am ready to lead this fight. Thank you for the amazing opportunity you have given me to make a difference.

 

Michael S. McDowell

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