Please join us to provide an “epidemic of hope” and healing for our veterans and first responders


The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation wants every American citizen to understand the significant sacrifices our military, first responders and law enforcement make to maintain our liberties and keep us safe. For too many of them, the tragic scenes and trauma due to their job-related experiences often remain seared on their hearts and minds. In many cases growth from trauma, cannot be met with traditional methods. We are at the forefront in the PNW to create or find alternative and strength-based programs that help them reclaim their lives after trauma. We support programs that offer tools and training designed to regain purpose and passion so often buried in the pain. We strive to offer a strong fabric of support through Mind, Body and Soul workshops, monthly huddles and retreat programs assisting them to find the right resources and develop healthy relationships.

To care for those “who shall have borne the battle” and for their families and survivors – Abraham Lincoln

Giving Details

The foundation offers hope and healing through our monthly huddles, workshops and opportunity to participate in groundbreaking and innovative training retreat lending support for the lifetime journey. The key to overcoming challenges and adversity in ones life requires connection to others. The foundation is committed to providing the right resources, relationships and responses as we meet our heroes right where they are in their lives. We believe in giving them permission to start dreaming about a life of purpose and passion.

Give Someone Permission to Dream

Your gift is the spark that creates lasting change


An informed community and country can offer tangible help and real support for our heroes who have volunteered to serve down range in a foreign country or in the streets where we live. It is incumbant upon us as a grateful nation to be the right response in supporting them for the treacherous and dangerous work they do on our behalf.

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.