VET TRIIP INC

Relaxation, comfort and better sleep improves everything.

aka Vet TRIIP   |   San Antonio, TX   |  http://www.vettriip.org/

Mission

Our Mission is to honor and empower veterans, active duty service members, their families and service providers living with Post-Traumatic Stress, chronic pain and related symptoms to create healthy, happy and productive lives. Everything Improves with Relaxation, More Comfort and Better Sleep. Vet TRIIP programs are currently offered in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Houston, Texas with plans to expand to other Texas communities. Veterans, service members and their families have traveled from as far away as Karnes County in the south, Killeen, Temple and Waco in the north, Kerrville in the west and Houston in the east to attend Vet TRIIP programs.

Notes from the nonprofit

Since its name change in 2012, Vet TRIIP, Inc., has provided free integrative healthcare services to veterans, service members, their families and service providers living with Post-Traumatic Stress and chronic pain through the donated services of volunteer healthcare professions, including chiropractors, acupuncturists, license massage therapists, psychologists, a psychiatrist, a anesthesiologist, and EFT, qigong and Reiki practitioners. Because of these in-kind services, the services delivered by Vet TRIIP, Inc. greatly exceed the annual cash budget.

Ruling year info

1974

Board President

Mr. Bob Deschner MS

Executive Director

Ms. Dottie Goodsun M. Ed.

Main address

P. O. BOX 460902

San Antonio, TX 78246 USA

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Formerly known as

RECLAMATION, INC.

EIN

23-7408422

NTEE code info

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over 3.2 million men and women have served with the US military in the Middle East since 9/11/2001. Over 50% request care for chronic pain and 20% for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or undiagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). Medications for intense neuropathic pain are ineffective resulting in over-prescription of opiates, polypharmacy and self-treatment with alcohol and illicit drugs. Veterans with PTSD have dramatically higher failure rates in relationships, education and jobs. Traditional counseling e.g., Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy (PE/CPT), can benefit 40-60% of those with PTSD/PTS who complete treatment but half avoid counseling and half dropout before benefiting resulting in only 15% receiving benefits. Vet TRIIP provides free complementary and integrative programs which support and enhance benefits of opiate/polypharmacy reduction programs and counseling provided by DOD and VA facilities, Vet Centers and other programs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Vet TRIIP Integrative Immersion Process (IIP) Sessions

Integrative Immersion Process Sessions provide EFT, aromatherapy, therapeutic massage, qigong/Reiki, chiropractic care and acupuncture for veterans, service members, their families and service providers living with Post-Traumatic Stress and chronic pain.

Population(s) Served

Stage 2 Sessions serve as a transition between the immediate temporary relief provided by IIP Sessions (typically two days to two weeks) and the daily self-directed practices needed for healthy lifestyles and long-term recovery. Stage 2 Sessions provide mini-IIP Sessions (25 min.) before providing information about military stress and chronic pain as well as training in innovative healthy self-directed practices and positive coping methods to promote and continue long-term recovery and achieving healthy lifestyles. Also provided are group classes on Relaxation Methods and Self-Comfort Techniques (EFT, meditation / mindfulness, breathing, personal qigong, Reiki), Sleep Hygiene, Calming Exercise (yoga, tai chi, qigong), Healthy Nutrition and Digestion, and Smoking Cessation (acupuncture, EFT, hypnosis).

Population(s) Served

Vet TRIIP provides regular trainings for healthcare professionals and veteran peers to insure safe high quality outcomes for Veterans and service providers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total Dollars of Cash Revenue per Year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Dollars Raised per Year is the total cash revenue raised each year. See also the Total Value of of In-Kind Contributions.

Total Value of Volunteer Hours—In-Kind Services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Metric includes services volunteered by healthcare professionals, veteran peers and staff. Growth has slowed as part-time healthcare professionals and staff have been hired with increased funding.

Total Value of Services Delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is based on the total services delivered as measured by total expenses.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total dollars received in contributions is total revenue, including cash donations and in-kind contributions of services and rent.

Total Value of In-Kind Occupancy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric reflects the free use of their facilities by local churches and community organizations for conducting Vet TRIIP events.

Total Number of Individual IIP and Stage 2 Sessions per year attended by Veterans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric reports the total number of individual IIP Sessions and Stage 2 Trainings attended each year by Veterans.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goals of Vet TRIIP, Inc.

1. Continue to provide high quality healthcare services for veterans, service members, their families and caregivers struggling with intense symptoms of chronic pain and Post-Traumatic Stress.

2. Continue to provide a safe environment and high quality training for healthcare professionals and veteran peers who donate and provide their services to benefit veterans and service members, their families and service providers living with chronic pain and Post-Traumatic Stress.

3. Continue to develop, implement, refine and validate effective, community-based, integrative programs to benefit veterans and service members, their families and service providers living with chronic pain and Post-Traumatic Stress and which support and enhance outcomes for existing counseling and medication programs provided by the DoD, VA and Vet Centers.

4. Duplicate and expand the successful Vet TRIIP model programs in major cities and smaller communities in Texas with significant populations of veteran and service members.

Leveraging Volunteers / Community Resources
Vet TRIIP taps an underutilized resource of healthcare professionals who want to support veterans/service members by donating their services for integrative programs. Vet TRIIP utilizes existing community resources, e.g., church facilities during off-peak times (Mondays, Fridays). This collaboration creates relationships between community organizations; volunteers providing these unique combinations of services; veterans, service members and families; and VA/DoD staff who provide traditional medications and counseling—enhancing outcomes for the benefit of all four groups.

Leveraging Integrative Healthcare
The DoD/VA have developed, validated and encouraged their staff to implement patient-centered, integrative healthcare programs, especially for pain management and PTSD. Immediate benefits are enhanced outcomes and significant cost savings. Long-term, these programs result in healthier lifestyles and higher quality lives. Unfortunately, implementation of such innovative programs has lagged behind the advancements in treatment models and clinical studies which validated their benefits. Vet TRIIP has become a technology incubator for model integrative programs which can be duplicated in Texas communities.

VA healthcare models will be transformed when VA staff are educated/experienced in delivering and veterans become educated/experienced in receiving and participating in patient-centered, integrative programs.

Creating the Vet TRIIP Model
High quality programs with safe integrative environments using local healthcare professionals who donate their services to serve veterans/service members must be created and their effectiveness demonstrated. These programs create collaborative networks of veterans, VA/DoD staff and local service providers who have experience working together for synergistic and mutually beneficial outcomes:
Healthcare volunteers get to use their professional skills to serve veterans;
veterans participate more in their own care and receive better outcomes; and
overworked VA staff get to create better outcomes with less time and funding.

Duplicating Model Programs: Veterans Serving Veterans
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) have demonstrated the benefits of volunteer-led education programs to build knowledge, experience, relationships and networks of people who are mastering similar challenges.

We will never run out of veterans who living with Post-Traumatic Stress and chronic pain. Ultimately, veterans can provide the best insights, credibility and leadership to transform the VA system to empower and serve themselves and other veterans. Some veterans who have benefited from Vet TRIIP programs are getting training and medical degrees with plans to return to serve other veterans. Using these veteran leaders on point to find a path back to healthy, happy and productive civilian lives is our vision for the future.

Vet TRIIP continues to deliver high quality benefits in a safe environment while leveraging a small cash budget with volunteer healthcare professionals and in-kind use of facilities (See chart below).

Vet TRIIP has developed the following capabilities:

Adapted the full-time programs for service members into a part-time model for veterans.
Leveraged cash budgets by recruiting, training, mentoring and managing volunteer services and in-kind use of facilities.
Trained additional teams of healthcare service providers and veteran peers to deliver high quality benefits in a safe environment at five locations in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Houston and continues to recruit, train and mentor healthcare professionals and veteran peers for other locations.
Developed the Stage 2 Healthy Lifestyles Trainings for transitioning veterans from the IIP Sessions to doing their own daily self-directed practices for long-term recovery.
Built word-of-mouth credibility with a network of staff in DoD/VA and Vet Center facilities, veteran service organizations and veteran/service member communities.

Vet TRIIP needs funding for the following to maintain and expand existing programs:
Hire existing trained and experienced service providers as a part-time/full-time team to launch other locations and to recruit, train and mentor other service providers.

Hire existing part-time support and administrative staff as full-time staff to maintain existing operations and launch and manage new programs in new locations in Texas communities with significant veteran populations.

Purchase equipment and supplies to operate existing programs and launch and maintain programs in new locations.

Increased funding of $400,000 annually would support doubling of capacity to address the current 5 month waitlist of veterans who are requesting Vet TRIIP services in the San Antonio area.

Vet TRIIP has already created the following capabilities:

1. Adapted the full-time integrative immersion programs for service members demonstrated at Fort Bliss (Recovery and Restoration Program, Dr. John Fortunato, Ph.D.) and Fort Hood DAMC (Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program, Dr. Jerry Wesch, Ph.D.) into a part-time duplicable model program for veterans, service members and their families living with chronic pain and Post-Traumatic Stress.
2. Leveraged cash budgets by recruiting, training, mentoring and managing volunteer service providers and in-kind use of facilities.
3. Trained several teams of healthcare service providers to deliver high quality results in a safe environment at 5 locations in three cities and to recruit, train and mentor local volunteer healthcare professionals and veteran peers.
4. Developed the Stage 2 Healthy Lifestyles Training program based on the evidence-based Life’s Simple 7 program (American Heart Association) to empower veterans transitioning from IIP Sessions to doing their own daily self-directed practices.
5. Built word-of-mouth credibility with a collaborative network of DoD/VA and Vet Center staff, veteran service organizations and veteran/service member communities.

Vet TRIIP will never run out of veterans and families living with Post-Traumatic Stress and chronic pain.

Since 9/11/2001, over 3.2 million troops have served in the Global War on Terror, principally in the Middle East (Afghanistan and Iraq). The Rand Report (2007) estimates that 30.7 percent of these men and women will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mild-Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI with symptoms similar to PTSD) and/or Major Depression. That suggests that over 800,000 veterans (and their families) would live with symptoms which would benefit from Vet TRIIP programs. Studies from Vietnam veterans report an equivalent number of veterans will develop delayed-onset PTSD. Veterans with PTSD have dramatically higher failure rates for education, job/career and marriages as well as suicide rates. Veterans without PTSD symptoms have higher success in education, jobs/careers and marriages and reduced suicide rates relative to the average US population.

Vet TRIIP believes that “Everything improves with relaxation, more comfort and better sleep."

Vet TRIIP plans to expand programs and locations. We have not yet accomplished these goals:

1. Further collaborate with existing traditional programs for medications and counseling at more VA/DoD facilities and Vet Centers to enhance benefits to veterans, service members and their families.
2. Leverage more volunteer healthcare professionals and in-kind facilities use in conjunction with the inherent efficiencies of integrative patient-centered programs to expand programs at low cost.
3. Duplicate the existing effective Vet TRIIP model programs in communities throughout Texas with significant populations of veterans.

Financials

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VET TRIIP INC

Board of directors
as of 5/30/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bob Deschner

BeneSol, LLC

Term: 2012 - 2020

Bob Deschner

BeneSol, LLC

Joseline Brestle

Private Practice

Matt Stolhandske

Stolhandske Law Offices

Mark Shapiro

VA / DoD

Charlene Fox

New Millennium Project

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes