Join the Shields & Stripes Mission.


They Raised Their Hand and Pledged to Protect You.

Now, They Need Your Help.

Our nation’s Military Veterans and First Responders have a 5 x higher risk of experiencing mental health problems due to constant exposure to death and destruction.

Sadly, the current mental health system in America was unprepared for this reality, and today, those brave men and women need help to survive life.

Our Military Veterans and First Responders Secretly Fight Their Own Battles.

Did You Know?

Between 17 and 44 veterans commit suicide daily?

The previous report of 17.2 a day reporting doesn’t account for accidents, undetermined, reported self-harm, or overdoses, resulting in undercounting errors.

In One Year, We Lost…




Data reporting is conducted with the intent to raise awareness and has sourced several agencies to capture the most accurate data to reflect the problem we are trying help fix. If you feel the data does not reflect the current situation, please contact:

Shields & Stripes Is Helping Our Heroes!

With a top-tier, 3-month intensive program led by the finest doctors, therapists, nutritionists, and trainers, Shields & Stripes is now providing the care our brave warriors, protectors, and servants deserve.


Cost to attendees!

Trauma Focused Psychological Therapy




and Yoga

You can help Shields & Stripes continue their mission of saving our brave men and women and getting them on the road to a healthy, peaceful life.

Could You Handle This Over, and Over, and Over?…

What one police officer with military service experiences in their career…

  • NViolent or tragic death of children
  • NTraumatic suicides and homicides
  • NExplosions and gunfire
  • NAmbushes and unplanned attacks
  • NViolent physical assaults
  • NDeaths of co-workers
  • NHigh-speed traffic collisions
  • NEntry into burning buildings and vehicles
  • NChild abuse, neglect, poverty
  • NJob-related injuries
  • NPolitical and administrative assaults
  • NDestruction of family

How Your Donations Make a Difference

Your contribution enables attendees, referred to as athletes, to benefit from comprehensive care, starting with 3 weeks of personalized in-person support, followed by 9 weeks of telehealth.


Program Services




System Management

Team Member Spotlight

Dr. Heidi Anderson

Meet Dr. Heidi Anderson, the lead mental health consultant for Shields & Stripes.

Besides her work with Shields & Stripes, she is the founder of The Healing Impact, which helps people with trauma, and she has spoken nationally about healing from trauma.

The Latest From Shields & Stripes


2024 Charity Gala

Make a difference while enjoying an elegant night out at our Charity Gala. Indulge in music, fine dining, and exciting auctions—all in support of a great cause. Secure your tickets now!

4th Annual Golf Classic

SAVE THE DATE! Join us at the Country Club of Whispering Pines in North Carolina on July 13, 2014. Check back soon for more information.


We’re grateful for our amazing sponsors who care about our first responders and veterans as much as we do!

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It’s fore charity! ⛳️ Save the date of July 13th and join us for the 4th annual @shieldsandstripes golf classic, presented by TribalCo at the Country Club of Whispering Pines in North Carolina. 

Enjoy local craft beer, courtesy of veteran owned @southernpinesbrewing , a post-round dinner, prizes and an exciting raffle. 

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We are excited to share that Ryan Lavarnway @rlavarnway has joined our team as a @shieldsandstripes Ambassador!

With an impressive career spanning Major League Baseball, Ryan’s journey includes winning a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and representing Team Israel in baseball at the Olympics. His diverse endeavors include roles as a television broadcaster, leadership consultant, podcast host of Finding The Way and children’s book author titled, Baseball and Belonging.

Ryan’s passion for supporting veterans and first responders aligns perfectly with our mission. His role will undoubtedly raise awareness of the @shieldsandstripes mission. This advocacy will allow us to change the lives of more heroes with our signature program. We are honored to have him on board as part of our team.

Read more at the link in our bio or



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Our top tier program is restoring the lives of veterans and first responders from all across the country. 

We’ve carefully honed this program to provide our nations heroes with the tools they need to navigate their life and feel like themselves again. 

We provide one month of comprehensive in-person treatment, that utilizes a combination of individualized therapy, with the valuable camaraderie of group therapy.

We follow that foundation with two months of telehealth to integrate their progress into day-to-day home life and into their relationships. 

🇺🇸🙌🏼One day every veteran and first responder will have access to the @shieldsandstripes program. Will you join us on this mission?⁉️

Donate now at or at the link in our bio to support a hero. 

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