National Guard Bureau 2015 Purple Award

Colonel Matthews presenting RVP Founder Carol Levine the 2016 Purple Award

Returning Veterans Project is the winner of a prestigious National Guard Bureau (NGB) award recognizing RVP's extensive contributions to the health and welfare of both the Oregon Air and Army National Guard and their families.

The 2015 Family Program "Purple Award"is an honor bestowed upon a community organization best exemplifying the true meaning of the "purple" concept of working with both Army and/or Air Guard activities. Michelle Kochosky Chief of the Oregon National Guard Service Member and Family Support Programs notified Returning Veterans Project of the award, which has been in existence for five years. In 2015, there were 17 nominees nationwide.

"It is an honor to formally recognize the amazing and selfless qualities of our National Guard volunteers. I thank you for your efforts....as a most precious resource in supporting our Service members and families,"said Brigadier General Ivan E. Denton, Director of Manpower and Personnel, NGB.

RVP is thrilled to share this news as further evidence of the success of our experienced and generous volunteer mental health and somatic providers in serving and helping heal our newest war zone veterans and their families in their communities.

Returning Veterans Project is an eleven-year old, independent, grassroots nonprofit dedicated to providing free mental health and somatic service to post-9/11 war zone veterans and their families in Oregon and Southwest Washington. In 2014, our more than160 pro bono providers collectively donated 4,400 hours of free confidential services to: 360 Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans and service members, and 106 family members, including children.