We are committed to the future and well being of our veterans and first responders.

The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation is committed to finding the best tools and training to enhance the mind, body and spiritual well being of our nation’s veterans, first responders and their family members. We believe they should be provided the very best programs that help restore their lives and overcome the trauma they face while serving their country and communities.

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Solving the Invisible Wounds of War - Project ENLIST logo
Hosted by Trey Wingo, and featuring a special musical performance by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, this year’s program is dedicated to our military servicemembers and will spotlight Project Enlist, which serves as a catalyst for developing effective treatments for TBI, CTE and PTSD so we can protect and support the heroes who courageously fight for our nation.
Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation team and volunteers
The Executive Director (ED) of the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation is responsible to board of directors and Founding Director for overall strategic and operational execution of mission, business plan, budget and growth.
The War at Home Memorial
In 2009, my son Kyle was receiving treatment in a VA hospital for PTSD and traumatic brain injury after two deployments to Iraq. After nearly four months, the doctors wrote him many prescriptions and discharged him.


The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation understands the value of providing strength-based programs for mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Monthly Huddles

Trauma does not discriminate. Those who experience it need connection to others. Monthly meetings welcome warriors and first responders to meet them where they are.

Post-Traumatic Growth Workshops

Growth and hope can coexist with grief and trauma. There will be ups and downs. These workshops focus on healthy and life affirming tools that develop self-regulation rather than self-medication

Warrior PATHH

Warrior PATHH is a transformative, lifelong, Posttraumatic Growth-based training program for combat veterans and first responders. The training begins with a 7-day on-site initiation that is followed by 18 months of training delivered by our instructors through our myPATHH platform.


Part of our mission is to raise awareness and funding for programs that enrich the lives of soldiers and their families in a tangible way. Our events have been embraced by the community, sponsors and media alike.

Swing For A Soldier

July 12th, 2021
Gold Mountain Golf Club

Race For A Soldier

September 19th, 2021
Gig Harbor, WA

Prayer Breakfast

September 17th, 2021
Gig Harbor, WA

Pull For A Soldier

October 1st, 2021

Gig Harbor, WA

Saudi McVea

As a mother and military member who has lost her son, an Army veteran, to suicide because of PTSD and the trauma of war; the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation has given me hope that there are real opportunities for Post Traumatic growth and healing right here in the PNW. This organization has found real alternative programs and follow up care, to give tools to combat hopelessness, and make positive changes in veterans, active duty, and first responders. When I reached out after my loss, with open arms of compassion they brought me in and gave me hope.

Saudi McVea


Josh Brandon

The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation has had a direct impact on the lives of combat veterans with PTSD through our local and national programs. They are partners in our efforts to develop alternative methods for overcoming PTSD through empowering both local and national vet-run projects. The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation is what all veteran service organizations should strive to be: in the trenches empowering veterans through local community support.

Josh Brandon
James Hatch

I have dealt with the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation on several levels, and I think the most amazing thing that the organization does is one of the hardest things to do in this field. Leslie and her team have learned how to connect the civilian populace to veterans and vice-verse. In a culture where there is a certain level of discomfort when these two disparate groups meet, Leslie has cracked the code and helped both groups understand how to communicate and take care of one another. This is a talent few other organizations have, and is why I support them whenever I have the opportunity.

James Hatch
Veteran – Spikes K9 Fund
Tim Brown

Teaching resilience through my personal story of 9/11 survival to the heroes who picked up the flag when we were down and out is one of the most rewarding ways I can respect and remember the lives of my friends who were taken too soon. Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation is a great way to reach our heroes who need to hear that story. I hope it helps them see the light of a beautiful life.

Tim Brown
The Bravest Firefighter – 9/11

Mike Flood - Seattle Seahawks Vice President of Community Outreach

For the Seattle Seahawks, Permission To Start Dreaming has educated us on the nature of PTSD problems and solutions, and provided us with a way to give back to service members and their families. It has been invigorating to be involved in the Foundation’s professional and effective support of service men and women who have given so much to our country.

Mike Flood

Seattle Seahawks Vice President of Community Outreach

Who We Are

We are committed to bringing hope and healing to our first responders, military members, veterans and their families dealing with post-traumatic stress and combat trauma.

Do You Need Help?

If you are in a crisis and need to talk right away, or you are concerned about somebody else, there is always someone to listen and help.