Our Mission

The mission of The Shield is to provide effective mental health services to Central Oregon’s veterans and first responders at no cost to them.

Veterans and First Responders are often exposed to stress & traumatic events which can result in acute or chronic stress related reactions. As a result, they have unique mental health needs.

There are a variety of factors that can make accessing mental health resources difficult for local veterans/first responders and the problem has become critical in Central Oregon. 

Resource availability in the VA system and gaps in other health insurance coverage is making timely, effective mental health care out of reach for many. 

Administrators and politicians have been unable to resolve these problems in recent years. The Shield believes that we owe it to those who have served us to make the help that they need available to them now.  

The Shield was founded to overcome the obstacles to specialized care and to make that care accessible immediately.