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Big DoG Countdown: Soldiers Project

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Dozens of local organizations will be participating on May 6th in Placer County's Big Day of Giving. Each day we will be featuring one of the many participating organizations. Follow our daily series highlighting these great local organizations.

Soldiers Project

Mission Statement
The Soldiers Project (TSP) is committed to providing a safety net of psychological care for military service members and their loved ones as well as educating the general public on how the psychological consequences of war affect not only those who serve, but also their loved ones at home and in our communities. We provide free, confidential professional psychological counseling services to those involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

Background Statement
The Soldiers Project was launched in 2004 as a project of the Ernest Lawrence Trauma Center of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. In the course of the last nine years, the LA-based organization has grown to include Sacramento and seven other chapters nationwide which serve regional populations of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families.

Chief among the concerns of the Sacramento/Placer chapter is to assure that all military personnel - both active and returning - know that free psychological therapy is available close to home, no strings attached. The local TSP branch, established five years ago, fields about 50 volunteer therapists located in the eight-county region (Sacramento, Placer, Yuba, Sutter, Yolo, El Dorado, Nevada and San Joaquin).

These therapists, who see their veteran-patients in their own private offices, focus on the free and confidential treatment of service-related psychological injuries resulting from wartime experiences. These injuries include post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma and major depression.

Because these injuries are often referred to as the "hidden wounds of war," TSP/Sacramento is also committed to informing and educating the public about the mental health issues that result from armed conflict. The hope is that such awareness will lead to better understanding and recognition of symptoms when they present in returning veterans.

Through the end of 2012, TSP/Sacramento's therapists supplied 1,000 volunteer hours of one-on-one treatment to about 100 patients. About a dozen non-clinical volunteers work in other capacities such as community and veteran outreach, peer programs, volunteer recruitment, marketing, publicity and grant writing.

Primary Organization Category
Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Mental Health Treatment

Geographic Area Served
Sacramento County
Placer County
El Dorado County
Yolo County
Sutter County
San Joaquin

The Soldiers Project/Sacramento additionally serves veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts and their loved ones throughout the counties of Yuba and Nevada

Complete Profile and Financial Information may be viewed online at Giving Edge

Join us on May 6th and take part in the 24 hour giving challenge to support the many nonprofits in our region.

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