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Soldiers Project

[P] (818) 761-7438 x 209
[F] (818) 761-7476
[email protected]
Andrea Schmitt
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 27-2815356 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

The Soldiers Project’s mission is to provide a safety net of psychological care for military service members and their loved ones and to educate the general public on how the psychological consequences of war affect both those who serve and their loved ones at home. 

Mission Statement

The Soldiers Project’s mission is to provide a safety net of psychological care for military service members and their loved ones and to educate the general public on how the psychological consequences of war affect both those who serve and their loved ones at home. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $903,000.00
Projected Revenue $779,750.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Healing the Hidden Wounds of War

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Mission Statement

The Soldiers Project’s mission is to provide a safety net of psychological care for military service members and their loved ones and to educate the general public on how the psychological consequences of war affect both those who serve and their loved ones at home. 

Background Statement

In 2004, Los Angeles psychiatrist Dr. Judith Broder created TSP to help veterans and their loved ones manage a myriad of war-related mental health issues. Beginning as a sponsored project of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies Trauma Center, TSP relied for many years solely on the generosity of volunteers and pro bono mental health professionals. In September 2010, TSP was incorporated as 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In recent years, TSP has steadily expanded its impact. In 2013, the organization served 298 clients nationwide; in 2014, 541 clients; in 2015, 702 clients; and in 2016, 775 clients.

Impact Statement

Served 775 veterans, active duty service members and loved ones nationwide
 Provided more than 5,000 in free therapy hours
Expanded volunteer base to 460 mental health professionals
Provided 34 in-person or online webinar trainings to approximately 300 clinicians nationwide

Needs Statement

TSP treats those who have been exposed to elevated risk factors associated with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and suicide. Veterans who served after 9/11 are more likely to have experienced multiple tours of duty, with a higher risk of combat exposure and related illnesses, than veterans of previous conflicts. We also provide access to care to family members not eligible for services through the VA. Currently, the Department of Defense provides mental health services for the spouses and dependents of active military personnel but not for the spouses or children of veterans, and the VA provides little or no services to families. TSP treats individuals regardless of discharge status. The recent study "Underserved" from Swords to Plowshares found that approximately 125,000 service members cannot access basic VA services.

The mental health care system for veterans is increasingly overburdened, with long waiting periods before seeing a therapist and significant and discouraging administrative hurdles. Even those who obtain care are often unhappy with the care they receive. The situation is even worse for veterans ineligible for Department of Defense or VA mental health care, often because they struggle with mental health and/or substance abuse issues which caused their less-than-honorable discharge. Over 300,000 people - 13% of soldiers - have received less-than-honorable discharges since 2001, with "some of these discharges (being) the fault of dysfunctional screening for PTSD and other combat injuries" (The New York Times, February 2016).

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

The Soldiers Project relies on donations from individuals and private foundations to support its free and confidential mental health services for veterans and active duty service members. We also recruit mental health professionals in private practice who are interested in donating their services pro bono. Our volunteers receive free continuing education opportunities in issues relevant to the population that we serve, access to consultation groups, and other support from our professional staff. Finally, we are always looking for individuals to volunteer with our 'street team', conducting outreach and tabling at various veteran events throughout Orange County. 

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Organization Categories

  1. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Mental Health Treatment
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Military/Veterans' Organizations
  3. -



Healing the Hidden Wounds of War

TSP provides free direct mental health services nationwide to post-9/11 military veterans, active duty service members, and their loved ones via a network of 500 volunteer clinicians who donate their services pro bono. Dr. Broder spoke this work as 'bringing veterans all the way home' by providing services that supported their transition from military to civilian life.

TSP bridges the gap in existing mental health services provided by the VA. Traditionally, mental health services have been provided by volunteer therapists who hold licenses to practice psychology, social work, or marriage and family therapy.
Budget  711,262
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Specialized Therapy
Population Served Military/Veterans
Program Short-Term Success  As of July 1, TSP has served 329 individuals, 133 who are new and 83 who are continuing on from last year.
Program Long-Term Success  In recent years, TSP has steadily expanded the number of veterans and their family members we serve. In 2013, TSP served 298 clients; in 2017, TSP served 668 clients nationwide. 
Program Success Monitored By  Each month TSP volunteer clinicians report the number of pro bono service hours they provide, and intake staff log the number of calls for services and the number of clients that are matched to a clinician. Intake staff also follow up to ensure first appointments with therapists are kept. 
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CEO/Executive Director MR. Michael McDowell
CEO Term Start July 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Michael S. McDowell is pleased to represent The Soldiers Project as Executive Director. Before this, he served as the Associate Director for Administration and Chief Operations Officer at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the clinic. He joined the University of Southern California in 2016, after serving 16 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he retired having achieved the rank of Major.

During his military career, McDowell held numerous leadership positions, including platoon, company, and battalion-sized units as a field artillery officer. He also supported combat operations and led on-ground efforts to rebuild infrastructure and establish government services for Afghanistan’s civilian population as a Civil Affairs officer. McDowell was also integral in the planning and restructuring of the world-famous “Crucible” training event, a mandatory multi-day test that each Marine recruit must complete. McDowell completed four combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, and two to Southeast Asia as a member of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

McDowell has received numerous commendations for his service and valor in combat, including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and six Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals. He is a published author in the Marine Corps Gazette in subjects ranging from fire support targeting and planning, to successfully leading civil affairs teams during combat operations. McDowell received his Master of Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business (2015) emphasizing strategic planning and organizational leadership, and a Master of Education from Montana State University-Billings (1994).

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Andrea Schmitt Jan 2016 June 2017
Mr. Adam Greenwald Oct 2014 Dec 2015

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Dr. Erin Dornan-Liuzzo --

Dr. Erin Dornan-Liuzzo a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has almost twenty years of experience in the mental health field within a variety of settings, including medical and psychiatric hospitals, a directly-operated Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health clinic, nonprofit community agencies, higher education and research institutions. Her past roles include therapist, supervisor, quality improvement and compliance training specialist, research assistant, trainer, consultant and, most recently, program developer and director. As a therapist, she has flexibility in her conceptualization and treatment approach given her training and practice in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, humanistic and other therapy modalities. While having experience with a multitude of clients, ages 0-89, Dr. Dornan-Liuzzo holds special interest in stress and trauma resolution, infancy and early childhood, foster and adoptive families, military family life and culture and the integration of medical, mental health and alternative diagnostic treatment and services.

Over a decade ago, within her role as a Team Supervisor in an Adult Full Service Partnership, Dr. Dornan-Liuzzo worked from a “whatever it takes” approach to support adults with chronic and severe mental illness to address symptoms impairing functioning in all aspects of life. There, and in other settings, Dr. Dornan-Liuzzo developed a keen awareness that supporting an individual to achieve wellness meant meeting an individual/family where they are at. This meant looking within and outside of the individual/family to identify and enhance existing strengths and understand and problem-solve around challenges and barriers.

Dr. Dornan-Liuzzo developed her interest in working with the military through her relationship with her brother. He was active duty within the United States Air Force Security Forces for almost twelve years. His service included several moves around the US and abroad, five deployments to the Middle East and countless Raven missions abroad. While visiting him and his family at different bases through the years, she saw glimpses of what it means to commit to the military. She learned firsthand the honor, pride and sacrifice that each and every individual held, service and family member alike. She also saw the toll that multiple deployments, moves, injuries, and casualties took on her brother, his family and his fellow Airmen. Dr. Dornan-Liuzzo looked for resources and information to provide to her family but felt limited and wanted to do even more to help military families. As such, she completed Star Behavioral Health provider trainings in military life and culture, the cycle and impact of deployments, and approaches to support service members and families. She also achieved certification in Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS), a skill-building family intervention that assists military families in preparing for, and/or managing the effects of, deployments and other stressful experiences. Dr. Dornan-Liuzzo continues training through the Veterans Health Administration.

Dr. Dornan-Liuzzo received a dual B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Dartmouth College (2000), her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University (2004 and 2006, respectively) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health through the Napa-based fellowship affiliated with the University of Massachusetts-Boston (2014). She is certified in an array of evidence-based practices and provides training in the community to multidisciplinary professionals in several such interventions.

Last but not least, it is truly a 'small world' - Dr. Dornan-Liuzzo fulfilled half of her pre-doctorate clinical training hours under the licensed supervision of Dr. Jim Pathman. Dr. Pathman serves on The Soldiers Project's Clinical Committee and is currently supervising five interns who are donating hours to the clinical program.

It is Dr. Dornan-Liuzzo’s humble honor to be a part of The Soldiers Project and serve those who have given so much to our country.


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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 500
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 80%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? --
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Paul McGraw
Board Chair Company Affiliation Defense
Board Chair Term May 2016 - May 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Paul McGraw NA Defense Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $779,750.00
Projected Expenses $903,000.00
Form 990s

2017 TSP 2017 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 TSP Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $587,876 $503,281 $608,086
Total Expenses $558,179 $476,227 $606,129

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$581,625 $502,686 $598,333
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue -- -- $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $272 $295 $256
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $5,979 -- $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other -- $300 $9,497

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $344,495 $316,708 $416,166
Administration Expense $107,054 $93,060 $108,982
Fundraising Expense $106,630 $66,459 $80,981
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 1.06 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 62% 67% 69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 18% 13% 14%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $309,619 $267,525 $243,918
Current Assets $298,611 $267,300 $241,471
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $14,921 $2,524 $5,971
Total Net Assets $294,698 $265,001 $237,947

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 20.01 105.90 40.44

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) 0%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose N/A
Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements and Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation contributions.


Other Documents

Board List (2018)

No Other Documents currently available.