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Mission and Vision of Race For A Soldier

The long flight backOUR MISSION

We discover, and help Veterans throughout the Pacific Northwest access, effective, long-term solutions to transform Post-Traumatic Stress into Post-Traumatic Growth.

OUR VISION

Is for every Veteran and their families, a fulfilled life within reach of their dreams: our hope is for every American the will to make it a reality.

The longest journey many of our soldiers face is not the plane ride home from distant battle fields, but rather the struggle they face upon returning.  The statistics are staggering regarding the numbers of service men and women suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), many of whom are unaware of or unable to access the resources and support they need. Mental health issues related to service (and specifically, though not exclusively, service in war), can be severe. Coping tactics such as substance and alcohol abuse, gambling and money issues are devastating families and disintegrating relationships.  Many honorable men and women, fearing all hope is lost, are making desperate, unhealthy and sometimes life ending choices.

Thankfully, as awareness has increased about high suicide rates and destructive behaviors, some very good programs have been developed, but, undeniably, more help is needed.  The VA hospitals alone cannot aid our soldiers to the extent required. The funds raised by Race for a Soldier and the focused attention on the cause will benefit and offer hope to soldiers who are otherwise falling through the cracks.

Soldier running in full gear at Race For A Soldier

The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation exists to bring hope and healing to our military members, veterans and their families who deal with post traumatic stress and combat trauma. The foundation has given nearly $300,000 to local alternative veterans organizations since its inception in 2011. As the foundation has grown, it has spawned a dynamic movement in the Pacific Northwest, offering veterans real and tangible help, strength based and solution focused. In 2017, it delivered an innovative retreat program fostering “post traumatic growth” and will continue to develop that so more veterans from the PNW can participate.

The foundation offers connection for our military with monthly Veterans Huddles, currently planning its first wellness workshop in an effort to help them make peace with their past for a better future and strategically planning for the creation of the Northwest Passage, a comprehensive wellness veteran center. Race For A Soldier is a great example of the community joining us in that effort while having an amazing race.