VETS: Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions, Inc

VETS provides resources, research, and advocacy to improve the quality of life for U.S. combat veterans seeking psychedelic-assisted therapy alternatives.

Southlake, TX   |  http://www.vetsolutions.org

Mission

Our mission is to end the veteran suicide epidemic by providing resources, research, and advocacy for U.S. military veterans seeking psychedelic-assisted therapies for traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, and other health conditions.

Ruling year info

2020

Principal Officer

Amber Capone

Co-Founder & Chairman

Marcus Capone

Main address

P.O. Box 92040

Southlake, TX 76092 USA

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Formerly known as

Sons of Light

EIN

84-1956561

NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Neurology, Neuroscience (H96)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Resources

Grant funding for veterans seeking psychedelic-assisted therapies in countries where they are legal.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

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.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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Resources

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Totals By Year
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Resources

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of support group services offered

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Resources

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

The mission of VETS Inc. is to eliminate the veteran suicide epidemic by providing access and advocacy for veterans and their families to life-saving treatment through psychedelic therapies. In the coming years, VETS aims to:
-Engage 12-15 veteran grant recipients per month by providing funding, resources and support to access therapies
-Grow in the areas of research and advocacy
-Raise additional funds to methodically expand grant awards annually
-Support clinical trials where applicable
-Create strategic alliances with credible change-makers
-Strategically support legislative efforts to make psychedelic treatments for PTSD and TBI available within the United States

Through strategic and methodical growth, VETS anticipates continuing to expand our impact on an annual basis. Among these strategies are:
-Gradual expansion of grant recipients engaged monthly
-Development and refinement of wrap-around services like coaching, therapy, and alternative programs (yoga, meditation, mindfulness, etc)
-Creation of community platform for support, info-sharing and fellowship
-Additional critical organizational leverage through strategic hiring of key positions
-Expansion of volunteer network to support the programs
-Crafting of fundraising operation and plan to support and sustain our programming and growth

VETS, Inc. is proud to possess a strong, dedicated, relentless worth ethic and shared purpose in achieving its mission. All leadership positions are filled by members or spouses of veterans in the Naval Special Warfare Community. In addition to tenaciously pursuing its’ goals and objectives, VETS’ leadership intimately understands the challenges associated with military service and transition into the civilian sector. Additionally, all members of VETS’ leadership have directly or indirectly benefited from the profound healing of entheogenic medicine. VETS’ leadership has firsthand knowledge of the suffering occurring in these storied military communities, and is passionately pursuing ways to proactively assist, while driving broad, long term change.

Many accomplishments have been achieved in recent years as VETS has become an established and trusted nonprofit
-Expansion of participant load
-Development of comprehensive support programs to complement psychedelic therapies
-Addition of key staff members to support growth and mission
-Extremely positive feedback from participants; peer-to-peer referrals are critical to our success
-Launch of online community platform for participants

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    VETS provides healing grants to US Special Operations Forces (SOF) veterans with two or more combat deployments after September 11, 2022. In addition, we support spouses of SOF personnel who meet the above criteria and Gold Star Spouses of SOF personnel.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    As a result of feedback we received from the people we serve, VETS has implemented a more comprehensive suite of programs to support healing for our participants. This includes expanded preparation and integration coaching, meditation and yoga classes, support groups and an expanded network of support. All of these additions enhance and amplify the impact of psychedelic-assisted therapy with the intention of it being transformative.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback from our participants and their families has underscored the importance of our work and the transformative nature of these therapies. As we gather feedback, testimonials and peer referrals, we are further inspired to scale up our work to better serve more communities in need.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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VETS: Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions, Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marcus Capone

Nick Norris

Sara Wilkinson

Jarred Taylor

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/4/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/04/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.