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  • Click Here for our February News Letter.
  • 153 Returning Veterans Project’ volunteer practitioners across Oregon and in Vancouver, Washington in 2013 collectively delivered 3,843 hours of free, confidential counseling, chiropractic & naturopathic care, acupuncture and massage to: 393 returning veterans and active duty service members and, 160 family members (20 percent increase over 2012).
  • Thank you Give!Guide Supporters! Together you raised $11,343 to support our services for post 9/11 Service Members, Veterans and their Families.
  • Information about the Affordable Care Act and how it affects veterans' health care coverage, Click Here.
  • In 2012, 144 RVP providers donated 3090 hours of free care to 288 current war veterans and 165 family members! Thank you!
  • Please read this thank you to RVP providers from Terri Chapman of the Oregon Air National Guard.
  • Read a letter from Oregon Governor Kitzhaber recognizing the work of RVP providers.
  • Please view our one-minute video About the Returning Veterans Project
  • RVP Car Donation Program - Got an extra car, boat, plane, helicopter or RV sitting around? Donate your vehicle to help RVP (choose RVP in the Partners dropdown menu)!

For Providers

Referral Process

Veterans and their families will choose their own providers from a directory of counselors and health practitioners on the website. If a provider is not taking new clients, the veteran and family are referred back to the website.

How to Become a Volunteer Provider

Returning Veterans Project is currently welcoming providers licensed and insured in the following modalities only:

  • Mental Health/Counseling (LPC, LCSW, LMFT, Psychologist, Psychiatrist)
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Massage Therapy
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselors (CADC I, CADC II and CADC III)
  • If you are an MD  in an area not listed here and are interested in volunteering, please email us at mail@returningveterans.org with your interest.
Minimum Standards for Inclusion in the RVP Volunteer Provider Network


A primary goal of the Returning Veterans Project is to serve as conduit for mental health and health care practitioners who wish to volunteer their professional services to returning veterans, military members and their families. In order to ensure that our volunteer practitioners are qualified to provide appropriate mental health or health care services, all RVP volunteer practitioners must meet the following requirements:
1.    The volunteer practitioner must be covered by a current malpractice insurance policy applicable to the services to be rendered; and
2.    The volunteer practitioner must be licensed by a state professional board (and in good standing with that board) in Oregon and/or Washington; or
3.    The volunteer practitioner who is working towards licensure must be working under the supervision of a licensed practitioner as part of the volunteer's post-graduate, state-contracted work toward licensure (please see below for more information). Please do not apply until your license can be verified on the state licensing board website or you can send a copy of your license.
4.    Massage therapists must  have a public office space in which to see clients. LMTs are also required to view a minimum of four hours of training videos for additional somatic training (CEUs are available).

Minimum Standards for Inclusion for Applicants Working Toward Licensure and Their Supervisors (as adopted by the RVP board January 31, 2012)

1.    Those with graduate degrees in behavioral health who are working toward licensure (i.e. Clinical Social Work Associates, LPC Registered Interns and Board-Approved Psychologist Applicants) are required to attend two training per year that focus on mental health treatment for veterans. These may be RVP trainings (offered by-annually and free to RVP providers), or equivalent trainings offered elsewhere in the community. It is the intern's responsibility to provide certificates of attendance to non-RVP trainings to RVP each year.

2. Clinical Supervisors of Clinical Social Work Associates, LPC Registered Interns and Board-Approved Psychologist Applicants must attend an RVP New Provider Orientation before the intern(s) they supervise can be included in our provider directory.

3. Interns and their supervisors will both be asked to provide a copy of their malpractice liability insurance as well as a letter from their supervisor confirming their supervision of that intern. This letter should also include the supervisor's credentials and contact information.

Minimum Standards for Inclusion for Qualified Mental Health Providers (QMHP in Oregon) working at approved social service agencies (adopted by the RVP board January 31, 2011)

1.    All QMHPs must hold a Masters degree and work as a mental health provider at an RVP approved social service agency.
2.    All QMHPs must receive on-going clinical supervision from a licensed mental health professional (a psychologist (PhD), LCSW, LPC or LMFT).
3.    All QMHPs must be covered under a current malpractice insurance policy carried by their social service agency and applicable to the mental health services to be rendered.

Our network includes Oregon and southwest Washington. If you are outside this area, please visit our link & resources page to find national organizations.

To begin the application process, please click on and submit the online application form or download and fill out the hardcopy application. Please also review the Provider Guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact us at mail@returningveterans.org or (503) 954-2259.

Click Here for Online Application Form
Click Here for Hardcopy Application Form
Click Here for Provider Guidelines

  1. To complete your application, please submit your application online or mail a hardcopy of your application to us at Returning Veterans Project, 833 SE Main St. Mail Box 122, Portland, OR 97214 (documents can also be faxed to 971-255-0427 or emailed to mail@returningveterans.org). Once we receive your application, we will verify your professional licensure with your state.
  2. Next, you will be contacted to schedule a New Provider Orientation within 2-3 business days after receipt of your application.
  3. You will be asked to provide a copy of your current malpractice liability insurance as well as a signed copy of your provider guidelines (Providers who are interns, please see above for more required documentation). These items can be faxed or mailed to us before your orientation or brought with you to your orientation, but they must be received before you can be listed as an RVP Provider on our website. 
  4. Somatic Services Pro Bono Exception Policy (adopted by the RVP board January 31, 2012): the following criteria explain under what circumstances exceptions may be made to RVP's policy of all treatment to returning veterans and their families must be offered on a pro bono basis: a financial agreement may be made if an RVP client plans to pursue a personal injury protection claim (PIP) from their insurance or a Workers Compensation claim and if payment to their RVP provider establishes credibility and/or increases the chance for a successful claim.

Thank you for your interest in supporting veterans and their families!