Be the Change: The Soldiers Project – “Change to Be Proud Of” Give Something Back to Service Members in The New Year


Jeremy Brewer
Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator

A recent and disquieting statistic stemming from the Veterans Administrator (VA) records that twenty-two American veterans take their own lives each day. In fact, veterans have a suicide rate 50% higher than those who did not serve.

As someone who has had friends or family members serving in the military, my heart sinks when I read that the men and women who have served so bravely abroad on our behalf are sometimes forgotten upon their return from Afghanistan, Iraq and other remote locations around the globe.

These astonishing statistics are at the very cornerstone of our efforts at The Soldiers Project in providing free and confidential psychological services through our network of more than 400 therapists serving nationwide, marriage and family therapists who generously give something back through their pro bono services.

Many of our armed forces service members are struggling with family, life, work, relationship and substance abuse. The VA health system is currently struggling with the momentous task of helping our heroes serving post 9/11 readjust and lead healthy, productive lives. That’s where your special gift can help! Marriage and Family Therapists are already so giving of their time and professional talents but as the new year approaches. If donating to a charitable cause is on your agenda, turning over a new leaf in community involvement, please keep The Soldiers Project in your heart.

The Soldiers Project is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization created in 2004 to help our post 9/11 veteran populations with the issues associated with reintegrating into civilian life. In 2014 The Soldiers Project recorded more than 5,600 hours of donated services from fully licensed behavioral health professionals, like you. These precious donated hours translate to $1.1 million of free and confidential one-on-one therapy sessions for veterans and their family members.

As the Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator, I would greatly enjoy meeting with you face-to-face and discussing how you can make THE difference in giving something back to our underserved veteran population in The New Year. Many of our Southern California therapists find the experience enriching and complementary to other components of their private practice as we provide training on the distinct culture and issues associated with military service.

I’m truly honored to be associated with LA-CAMFT, as a new member, and the many kind and wonderful people who have already given so much to so many. I look forward to being engaged and involved with LA-CAMFT in the new year!

You can reach Jeremey at jbrewer@TheSoldiersProject.org or call him at (818) 761-7438 ext. 205. Visit the website here: www.TheSoldiersProject.org.