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Community Service Project

April 6, 2014

Working with City Year and other partners, we invited military leaders, conference attendees, and local students to roll up their sleeves to work side-by-side with veterans on a community project in Washington, D.C. to benefit homeless veterans through Veterans on the Rise.

National Day of Training: Educating the Next Generation of Mental Health Professionals

April 7, 2014

Our all-day conference educated the next generation of mental health professionals on topics such as the use of technology to support those who serve and their families, nontraditional forms of healing, and the effect of war on children of those who serve. The conference was live streamed to universities and colleges nationwide, as well as CE credits are available through the APA.

VIP Reception and Performance

April 8, 2014

Our three days of events culminate with a reception and performance of Quiara Alegría Hudes's Pulitzer Prize–winning play Water by the Spoonful at the Studio Theatre. During our VIP reception, we will honor U.S. Senator Burr, U.S. Senator Stanenow and USMC veteran Brendan O’Toole with the Give an Hour Celebration of Service Award. The evening will end with a Q&A followed by a dessert reception.

Visit the event page for more details.

At the National Day of Training conference, we were proud to introduce the documentary, The Runner & The Therapist, featuring Give an Hour’s founder and president, Barbara Van Dahlen. Learn more about what makes this film so special and consider donating to see it completed:


Dear Friends,

Thank you for your ongoing support of Give an Hour and for all you do for those who serve and their families.

I want to share an extraordinary development with you – and ask for your assistance.   

An Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker, Charlie Stuart, is making a documentary about veterans, post-traumatic stress, and mental health. This film will be used to help launch a national campaign to change the conversation in our country about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. As you will see from the trailer for this film, our hope is that those who watch it will join in this effort to . . . Hear a Story, Tell a Story, Change the Story.

I would like you each to watch the trailer and, if you are moved, be an Ambassador for the documentary. Charlie is launching a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGogo to raise  money to finish the film. The campaign launches on April 7th and runs for 40 days.

Here's how you can help:
  • Most importantly, please send this campaign out to your social networks.
  • Please consider making a donation – even as small as $10 – to this campaign.

If we mobilize our social networks around this critical campaign, Charlie will be able to finish the film and together we will be on our way to changing the conversation in America and we will most certainly save lives.

Here is a link to the campaign

Thank you for your service and generosity.

Take care,
Dear friends of Give an Hour,

I would like to share my thoughts about yesterday's sad events at Fort Hood and about how Give an Hour will be responding. 

Our thoughts and concerns are with the families and loved ones of those injured and killed and with the whole Fort Hood community. We are here to help. Although most service members and veterans lead healthy and productive lives, some understandably need our support. Some will struggle in life with issues they brought into the military with them. Others will struggle as they process their deployment and combat experiences. And still others will face challenges as they reintegrate into the civilian world. We are harnessing the expertise and generosity of civilian mental health professionals to provide just such support.

As with all of these tragic situations, we need to take time to understand the specific details before we make conclusions or assign blame. We don't yet know what caused this individual’s deterioration and violent behavior. What is clear is that our job is to educate, raise awareness, and provide services to those in need so they do not suffer--and so they do not harm themselves or others.

In the wake of this tragedy, Give an Hour will offer free mental health services through our network of mental health professionals to all of those affected--those injured and their families, the families of the fallen, and first responders and civilians working at or associated with Fort Hood. We are proud to do what we can to offer help and support during this difficult time. 

Thank you for all that each of you do to support those who serve and their families.

Take care,


Give an Hour is thrilled to announce we are featured in the "Thanking Our Troops and Veterans" section in USA Today! You can read the virtual edition in its entirety online. 


Give an Hour™ (, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, announces that it will launch on Helpouts, a new service from Google that connects people who can give help to people who need help over live video (

Helpouts by Google is a way for individuals anywhere in the world to connect with experts via live video. Experts will be available in a wide range of categories and Give an Hour will bring a network of licensed mental health professionals to the platform. Within Helpouts, individuals can book on-demand video sessions or schedule sessions in advance.

“Helpouts’ mission is to connect experienced, skilled, passionate people who want to give help to people around the world who need it, which aligns perfectly with Give an Hour’s mission of providing free mental health services from a network of licensed mental health professionals donating their time,” says Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., founder and president of Give an Hour.

Veterans who live where there are no mental health providers or who are physically unable to travel from their homes will now have easy access to mental health care. Helpouts, which supports HIPAA-compliant providers, is confidential and secure and will remove barriers such as geography and mobility, allowing individuals to receive help wherever they live. Helpouts can be accessed 24/7 from a computer or mobile device. “This platform, I believe, will revolutionize the way mental health professionals are able to offer their services,” adds Dr. Van Dahlen. "We are proud to be working with Google to refine this innovation," she says.

“Helpouts is a natural extension of Google’s mission. There is a lot of information that is not documented on the web -- it’s in people’s heads, it’s informed by personal experiences. We believe Helpouts is an easy and efficient way to bring this kind of information to the world,” says Udi Manber, who leads Helpouts for Google. “Our goal is simple: help people help each other. We want to use the convenience and efficiency of the web to enable everyone, no matter where they are or what time it is, to easily connect with someone who can help.”

As this platform is rolled out, Give an Hour providers will be available via Helpouts in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, D.C. to give services within their state. "Give an Hour is excited to begin this new era in mental health care. Over the coming months we will be adding more states as we move toward national coverage," notes Dr. Van Dahlen.

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About Give an Hour™ 
Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of military personnel, their families, and the communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of August 2013, Give an Hour has nearly 7,000 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam—with more volunteer mental health professionals joining its network every day. In addition to counseling, providers also consult to schools, first responders, employers, and community organizations. Give an Hour has already provided approximately 95,000 hours of free service, valued at more than $9.5 million. To learn more, visit or

About Google 
Google is a proud supporter of the U.S. military veteran community and deeply committed to helping all service members and military spouses make a successful transition to civilian life.,, and are some of the many ways our products are helping veterans and military families pursue their goals. Follow us at for all updates related to our support of the community.


Detroit Tigers All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander joined the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, to announce a commitment of $1 million to launch an initiative called Wins for Warriors that will support the mental health and emotional well-being of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families in Detroit, Richmond, Va., and Norfolk, Va.

Partnering with Wins for Warriors, Give an Hour will launch two new positions on the ground in Detroit and the Richmond/Norfolk markets to target these regions in order to coordinate services and provide additional mental health support and care to our the military communities there.

Visit the Wins for Warriors website to learn more, read up-to-date news and donate.


Presenting of the Colors by the Joint Forces Color Guard

Thank you to all our friends in the military, government, corporate, and nonprofit worlds for helping make our Inaugural Gala such a success Wednesday evening at Washington, D.C.'s Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Over 400 guests made the event a true celebration of service, as we honored Jean Case (President and CEO of the Case Foundation), U.S. Army Veteran Jennifer Crane, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Justin Constantine (below, with Dr. Van Dahlen), and Presidential Volunteer Service Award winners (below with Dr. Van Dahlen and Ms. Case, second from right). 


For an interview with Barbara Van Dahlen about the event,  visit

For more information, please contact Lauren Itzkowitz at


American Corporate Partners Announces "Quick Question" Community Web Site

This free online business Q&A community for veterans connects veterans with business leaders across the country. Through an interactive and easy-to-use interface, veterans can ask questions related to career development, employment, and small business; follow topics and Q&A threads; or message advisors to get answers to their business questions and expand their network.



Give an Hour™ is pleased to participate in the National Capitol Area's annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Our CFC number is 65498.

If you work for the federal government in the greater Washington area, this is an easy way for you to support GAH. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to our services for military families.

You can also help by promoting Give an Hour™ at your agency's CFC Campaign Kick-off event. Many agencies hold charity fairs and rallies to kick-off their CFC campaigns. You can make arrangements with your agency's CFC coordinator to attend these events as a representative of GAH.

If you don't work for the federal government but have friends, families members, or neighbors who do, please spread the word. Tell them to use our CFC number, 65498, to designate GAH as their charity of choice.

Thank you!


Young people with disabilities--civilian and military--face severe obstacles as they transition from adolescence to adulthood, military to civilian life, and school to work. Supportive services and timely interventions are critical to ensure that what is often a period of extreme challenge for young people with disabilities is in fact a moment of great opportunity.

The National Youth Transitions Center and National Veterans Center, developed by The HSC Foundation, bring together the resources of multiple organizations to provide transitions-related services, research, public policy, best practices, pilot projects, and evaluation so that youth and young veterans with disabilities can achieve their greatest level of independence.

Please visit HSC Brochure or for more information.


CPTWeb is a free, 9-hour Web-based, multimedia, education course for mental health professionals seeking to learn Cognitive Processing Therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, and it is now available to Give an Hour providers at

Based on Cognitive Processing Therapy Veteran/Military Version: Therapist's Manual (Resick, Monson, & Chard, 2008), the asynchronous, modular, self-study approach of CPTWeb allows practitioners to learn at their own pace from virtually any computer with Internet access.

CPTWeb was funded by the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and is intended for use by mental health professionals within the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is also available for use by civilian therapists who provide treatment to active duty or retired personnel and members of the Guard and Reserve. It may also be helpful to mental health professionals who are providing treatment to family members.

CPTWeb is offered at no charge, and mental health professionals who complete the course receive 9 contact hours of continuing education from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Each module of CPTWeb includes:

*a video introduction to the technique

*pre- and post-tests of knowledge of a treatment component

*an overview of the module's learning objectives

*a description of the techniques of the treatment component and step-by-step instructions for how to implement them, including sample scripts for introducing the techniques to patients

*multiple video demonstrations of the techniques

*suggested practice assignments for patients

*discussions of common clinical challenges that often arise in real-life practice

For more information, please visit


Give an Hour™ has been approved as an eBay Giving Works charity. Giving Works enables eBay users to support their favorite causes whenever they buy and sell. Any seller can donate part of his or her sale price to a nonprofit. The seller decides which organization to support and how much to give (10-100 percent), and gets a tax deduction for their gift.

To go directly to our Giving Works page, click here. Or, sellers, just be sure to specify that you want to designate Give an Hour™ as a recipient of a percentage of your proceeds when you list your item.

Thank you!


Veteran CareGiver was developed squarely in response to expressed challenges by Wounded Warrior and Veteran families, and Veterans Affairs leadership. While no single entity or group can respond flawlessly to the individual matters faced by each Veteran due to sheer enormity of the task, families have openly spoken about their altered lives in the face of injury, illness, or aging. At times, feeling isolated, faced with multiple simultaneous issues, and needing answers, they also have expressed needs beyond survival.

Visit for a variety of  helpful resources including benefits factlets, forum postings, veterans service officers, organization listings, legislative hill updates, and events calendars.


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The Runner & The Therapist

Hear A Story, Tell A Story, Change The Story.

At today's National Day of Training conference, we are proud to introduce the documentary, The Runner & The Therapist, featuring Give an Hour’s founder and president, Barbara Van Dahlen.

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USA Today Thanking our Troops and Veterans Campaign

Give an Hour is thrilled to announce we are featured in the "Thanking Our Troops and Veterans" section in USA Today!

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Give an Hour to Launch on Helpouts by Google

Give an Hour will offer secure and confidential mental health care sessions for Helpouts, Google's new service for getting help over live video. 

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