Welcome Home Vets +1 (530) 272-3300

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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. 

​​Let's Roll!  6th Annual Bike Run & BBQ

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SEPTEMBER 19th,  ALL DAY EVENT, PENN VALLEY. Bring your familly and friends for a fun-filled day featuring great music, mouth watering barbeque, ice cold drinks, games for the kids, a winning raffle, and of course, the thunderous bike run! That's right!  Mark your calendars for Welcome Home Vets' 6th Annual Memorial Bike Run and BBQ on Saturday, September 19th. All proceeds go to provide free mental health services to military vets and their families with PTSD and other military-related psychological conditions. 

WHEN                    Saturday, September 19, 2015
                                Registration/Pins: 8 am 
                                Kick Stands Up: 9 am
                                BBQ: 1 pm - 4 pm 

WHERE                  Western Gateway Park
                               18560 Penn Valley Dr, Penn Valley, CA 95946

COST                      $20 for run, BBQ and pin
                                $10 for BBQ only
                                Kids under 12 eat free


CONTACT             Call (530) 272-3300 or send email to info@welcomehomevets.org

SPONSORS          Welcome Home Vets
                              Blue Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada Chapter #12
                              Zap Manufacturing, Grass Valley
                              Echo Valley Ranch, Auburn

Mental Health Services, Advocacy and Referrals for Veterans, Active Duty Military and Their 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.

Going through a trauma does not mean you will get PTSD, however. And although more than half of us go through 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 

Donate Your Vehicle for a Tax Deduction

We Take Cars, Trucks, Vans, RVs, Boats and Motorcycles 

Welcome Home Vets Will Pick Up Your Vehicle . . . . . . . Running or Not

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 problems resulting from military-related psychological trauma and issues associated with re-adjustment to civilian life. 

We provide veterans and their families of all service eras with mental health services at no out-pocket cost to them.  We also provide assistance navigating the complex veterans support system to identify and obtain VA benefits. We provide housing and employment referrals, information and advocacy, and community education to deepen the public understanding of the complex issues veterans and their families face when they return from the military.  Read more