The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation has continued to grow and reach more milestones in our active support of local veterans, as well as expanding to first responders in the Pacific Northwest

Since 2011, the foundation has sought and supported local organizations that offer alternative therapies which help soldiers and their families readjust to life back home. We have also developed our own strength-based programs with monthly peer to peer support meetings called “Huddles” in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, growing to Bremerton soon.

In addition, we have delivered Mind, Body and Spirit workshops, courage and leadership summits, eliminated barriers for veterans to receive equine therapy and counseling, and smoothed the way for many local veterans and first responders to attend a progressive week long retreat that offers combat stress recovery and focuses on post traumatic growth.

Our commitment to finding answers and programs for the long journey of healing from the invisible wounds of war and service-related injuries is resolute. Our events connect community to support this mission. By getting involved, you are joining the thousands of compassionate allies and citizens who want to offer hope and healing for those who serve our nation and our community.

Thank you for being a part of the “dream team.”

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.