About Us

Returning Veterans Project Mission:

To provide free health and wellness services to post-9/11 war zone veterans, service members and their families in our Oregon and Southwest Washington communities

How RVP Fulfills Its Mission:

Returning Veterans Project (RVP) fulfills its mission by recruiting, training and supporting a volunteer healthcare network of more than 335 licensed independent mental health and somatic practitioners, healthcare clinic providers and equine therapy projects. To become an RVP provider, each practitioner must be licensed in good standing, complete our application/orientation process and agree to deliver only pro bono mental health and somatic services (massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and naturopathic care and more) to post-9/11 war zone veterans, service members and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Client Service Outcomes 2014/2015:

In 2014/2015 combined the RVP volunteer healthcare network delivered: 8,894 hours of free confidential counseling and somatic services to: 684 Iraq/Afghanistan War veterans and active duty service members, and 235 spouses/partners, children and parents impacted by deployments and reintegration challenges. Per our annual audits the services delivered in 2014 and 2015 were determined to be worth an in-kind value of $826,000.

Founding Philosophy:

We believe it is our collective responsibility to offer support and healing for the short and long term repercussions of war zone service on veterans and their families.

Vision

RVP was created in 2005 as a conduit for professionals to give to veterans and their families, and for veterans to find health services in confidential settings that help them feel welcome within our community. To create a supportive network of community resources for returning veterans and their families we:

  • Offer free, confidential counseling and therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and naturopathic medicine, massage therapy and other health care services.
  • Educate and mobilize the community through speaking engagements to raise awareness of the challenges experienced by returning veterans and their families.
  • Offer current and specialized clinical workshops to further train our Project’s volunteer health care providers.
  • Serve as an information source for veterans and their families, professional providers, military and community-based organizations.
  • Network and collaborate with other military and civilian veterans service organizations to provide opportunities for individuals to give back to veterans and their families.

Services:

Our healthcare network (as of 2/1/16) includes 185 licensed insured practitioners located throughout the Portland Tri-County area and Mid-Willamette Valley, Central and Southern Oregon, Baker City, Astoria, Tillamook and Clark County Washington. In addition to our core services, we also offer a, Returning Veterans Art Therapy Project held weekly at the Portland Art Museum, sponsor two women veterans writing groups (Portland and Eugene), and through a new partnership with the University of Oregon, one of our licensed massage therapists is on campus every week providing stress relief treatments for 12 veterans a term.

Continuing Education:

To help ensure best practice treatment services we annually host four or more, clinical continuing-education trainings free to our volunteer providers and at low-cost to VA clinicians, community practitioners and first-responders. Past training topics included: “Understanding Military Culture,” “EMDR to Treat Combat PTSD,” “Working with Military Sexual Trauma Survivors Diagnosed with PTSD,” “Somatic Treatment to Relieve Chronic Pain” and “Art Therapy to Heal Trauma-Related Wounds”.

Funding:

RVP receives no government funding and depends solely on private donations from individuals, foundations, small businesses and corporations.

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