Mental Health Services, Advocacy and Referrals 

for Veterans, Active Duty Military and Families 

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​​​​​​Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 of every 10 (or 60%) of men and 5 of every 10 (or 50%) of women experience at least one trauma in their lives. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or to witness death or injury.

HOWEVER, going through a trauma does not mean you will get PTSD. Although more than half of us experience some type of trauma, a much smaller percentage develop PTSD.

Here are some facts about PTSD based on the U.S. population:


About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.


About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma. More than 2.3 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and some 2.6 million veterans of the Vietnam war are living with PTSD.  


About 10 of every 100 (or 10%) of women develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 (or 4%) of men. (From the National Center for PTSD.)


Learn More

​To learn more about veterans post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and suicide, see Veterans Statistics: PTSD, Depression, TBI and Suicide; a major study by the RAND Corporation; a study by the Congressional Research Service; and The United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD web site.


Contact Welcome Home Vets

To schedule an appointment, call (530) 272-3300. All calls are confidential.  You can also visit our office in downtown Grass Valley at 248 Mill Street.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 11 am to 4 pm. Or send email to info@welcomehomevets.org.  You will receive a response the same day.  Responses to after-hour messages are sent the next business day. 


Helping Veterans with PTSD Find Resilience and Strength 

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Why Donate to Welcome Home Vets?


We provide fast, free pickup of your vehicle at cost to you, and you can receive a tax deduction for your donation. 100% of your contribution will go directly to help United States military veteran service men, women and family members get the services they need.  We provide comprehensive support and transitional services to veterans and their families, including mental health services, assistance navigating the VA for veterans benefits, community education and referrals for employment and housing. We accept vehicles in ANY condition, running or not. We can pickup your vehicle TODAY with free towing. 


Most importantly, you are helping veterans and their families who have already so given much in the service of our nation. 

​​Cpl. Kristine Tejada, from Oakland, Calif., a truck commander for 1st Platoon, Higher Headquarters Battery, Task Force 2-82 Field Artillery Regiment, provided security at the ancient Ziggurat of Ur, Iraq, Sept. 24, 2011. TF 2-82 is one of the last units that provided security for U.S. Forces visiting the site, a mission that ended with the reposture of U.S. Forces in Iraq. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy J. Fowler/ US Army.

Army Pfc. Marissa Strocklost both her legs, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and a survived a multitude of other grave injuries when an improvised explosive device was detonated under her vehicle in Iraq in 2005.  She now lives in New York and is competing in the second annual  Miss Veteran America Pageant to raise money forFinal Salute, a non-profit group that provides housing for homeless women veterans and their children and supports military women who are in transition to civilian life.  Photo by Cindy Schultz / Times Union.

Women Veterans TWICE as Likely

to Develop PTSD 


According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, women are more than twice as likely to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as men: 10% of women who experience a psychological trauma will develop PTSD while 4% of men with similar experiences will develop the condition. Service women also experience Military Sexual Trauma (MST) in greater numbers than service men. 


In addition, the VA reports that women may take longer to recover from PTSD than men and are four times more likely than men to experience long-lasting PTSD. Yet despite their traumas and the often catastrophic impacts on their lives, women are far less likely to seek treatment for PTSD or MST than men. 

​Welcome Home Vets wants to change that. We provide free, confidential mental health services (individual, group and peer-based therapy) for women who have served, or are serving, in the US military and are living with military sexual trauma (MST), PTSD, major depression, anxiety or other military-related psychological conditions. Our expert therapists specialize in the treatment of military-related psychological trauma. 


Call (530) 272-3300 for an appointment. All calls are confidential. All services are free. ​Learn more about women, trauma and PTSD. 

Our Mission
Welcome Home Vets’ mission is to provide mental health services, advocacy and referrals for United States veterans, active duty military and their families at no cost to the veteran.  
Welcome Home Vets

Support and Transitional  Services for Veterans and Families 

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​Welcome Home Vets offers free mental health services for veterans and family members living with PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, major depression and other military-related psychological conditions. Confidential individual, family, group, and peer-based therapy. Call (530) 272-3300. 

Offering Treatment for
  • PTSD
  • Secondary PTSD in family members
  • Military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Major depressive disorder
  • ​Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Extreme anxiety
  • ​Transition to civilian life
  • Parenting and family issues
Mark Thielen, MFT.
co-founded Welcome Home Vets with Dr. Page Brown. Thielen is a Vietnam veteran and an expert in treating post traumatic stress and other military-related psychological conditions.  Learn more
​​​​​Dr. Page Brown, Psy.D. co-founded Welcome Home Vets in 2009. She specializes in the treatment of military-related psychological trauma.  Learn more
Our mission is simple: To provide veterans of all service eras and their families with comprehensive support and transitional services— at no cost to the veteran. 

 

Since we opened our doors in 2009, Welcome Home Vets has helped veterans, active duty military and their family members cope with PTSD and other psychological problems resulting from military-related trauma. 


We provide veterans and their families of all service eras with mental health services at no out-of-pocket cost to the veteran.  We also help navigate the complex veterans support system to identify and obtain VA benefits. We provide referrals for housing and employment and offer community education to deepen the public understanding of complex issues facing veterans and their families when they return from the military.  

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His guitar is his weapon, his suffering is his song in this Iraq War veteran's fight to overcome PTSD 


Welcome Home Vets and Soldier's Heart will present a fundraising concert featuring music and commentary by inspirational singer, songwriter and veterans advocate Jason Moon at 7 pm Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley.  Tickets are $17 online and $15 at the door.   

Moon is a Milwaukee-based folk-rock singer and songwriter, veteran of the Iraq War and a tireless advocate for veteran’s issues and for peace who continues to turn his wartime experience and resultant post traumatic stress and depression into songs and messages of healing and inspiration for himself and other veterans. His concert performance will include original songs and music on guitar interspersed with Moon's insightful discourse on social, political and cultural attitudes toward veterans in America as well as personal issues facing veterans when they return home and their treatment by their communities after service. 


A lifelong musician in and around his home town of Eagle River, Wisconsin, Moon wrote dozens of songs and played hundreds of shows before his deployment to Iraq in 2003 where he served as an engineer who also performed for his fellow soldiers. But when he returned from Iraq in 2004, the prospect of singing, playing guitar or even listening to music left him deepy upset.


"The last thing I wanted to do was touch my guitar," Moon said in a radio interview on National Public Radio.


Struggling with undiagnosed post traumatic stress, depression and in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, Moon in 2009 took part in the making of the gut-wrenching documentary, On The Bridge, an intense examination of post traumatic stress based on filmed interviews with veterans affected by what one participant termed “this cancer of the spirit.” Moon also wrote and recorded "Trying to Find My Way Home" for the film, an experience that he said mysteriously inspired him to begin writing music again; he wrote 13 songs in two weeks, which culminated in a new album. "All of a sudden now the guitar and playing these songs were like my weapon against PTSD," Moon said.  "All these songs were about different aspects of suffering and the process of trying to overcome PTSD." 


After discovering the healing power of his music for himself, Moon founded the non-profit Warrior Songs in 2012 to help other vets transform their traumatic experiences and struggles into art and where established songwriters collaborate with veterans to develop their poetry, prose and journals into music. The organization also provides PTSD community education and entertainment.  


​Military Background

Moon joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1993 while still in high school. He served in the 724th Engineer Battalion from 1993 until 2001, when he was honorably discharged, then rejoined the 724th in July 2002. His unit was mobilized to federal service in 2003, deployed to the Middle East and began serving in the Iraq War in summer 2003; during the time, he served as a general construction equipment operator in the 724th and supply clerk in the 395th.


Musical Preview

You can download and purchase Jason's music from his website here:  You can view a Youtube video recording of "Trying to Find My Way Home" here. You can view trailers for On the Bridge featuring Moon here and here and here. All proceeds from the sale of Jason's music go Warrior Songs


Moon is a 2010 graduate of Cardinal-Stritch University, with a Master’s degree in Religious Studies. Named a “Peacemaker of the Year” in 2009 by the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice, Moon has also been featured in articles by the Associated Press and interviewed on National Public Radio (The Story: "Seven Things You Should Never Say to a Vet") and Public Radio International (The World: Jason Moon: A Veteran Who Found Solace in Music.") He was awarded the Special Recognition Medal in songwriting for the 2012 VA Creative Arts Competition in Boston, MA.


You can buy tickets online ($17) or at the door ($15). All proceeds go directly to help local veterans. To purchase tickets online, click "Buy Tickets." 


IN CONCERT MAY 12

JASON MOONSinger, Songwriter and Veterans Advocate to Perform in Grass Valley 

Using his guitar as his weapon against PTSD, musician and Iraq war veteran Jason Moon writes and performs songs about different aspects of suffering with PTSD and the process of trying to overcome it.  His voice and musical style have been compared to the legendary John Prine, but Moon's material and delivery are 100% original.

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Obie Wickersham, a World War II veteran and Korean War POW, took part in the National POW/MIA Recognition Day at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 18, 2015.  Wickersham was captive for 28 months after Chinese forces overran his platoon May 17, 1951.  He is shown above bowing his head during an invocation and later sitting and speaking with Airmen. Photo by Chandresh Bhakta/U.S. Air Force

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Your contribution will allow Welcome Home Vets to continue providing comprehensive support and transitional services to returning veterans and their families:  




  • Expert assistance navigating the complex veterans support system helps veterans of all service eras identify, apply for, and claim their VA benefits.


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  • Our volunteer staff refer veterans to community resources to obtain employment, housing and education. 


As a 501(c)(3) non-profit group, we operate exclusively with funds from local grants, fundraising events and charitable donations from caring, generous people like you. Please help us continue our important work by donating to Welcome Home Vets today.  Every donation of ANY amount contributes toward positive change in the life of a veteran.