Why We Run
We run because the longest journey many of our soldiers face is not the plane ride home from distant battle fields, but rather the struggle they face upon returning. The statistics are staggering regarding the numbers of service men and women suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), many of whom are unaware of or unable to access the resources and support they need. Mental health issues related to service (and specifically, though not exclusively, service in war), can be severe. Coping tactics such as substance and alcohol abuse, gambling and money issues are devastating families and disintegrating relationships. Many honorable men and women, fearing all hope is lost, are making desperate, unhealthy and sometimes life ending choices. We are on a mission to make a significant difference in this struggle. Through events like the Prayer Breakfast, Swing For A Soldier and Race For A Soldier, we raise money and awareness to support programs offering essential healing needed by our Soldiers. Please take the time to review the following information about our programs, and consider joining us with your support this year. With your help, we will continue to grow and offer a tangible way for our communities to give back to those who have served so bravely and honorably.
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The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation exists to bring hope and healing to our military members, veterans and their families who deal with post-traumatic stress and combat trauma. The foundation has given nearly $300,000 to local alternative veteran’s organizations since its inception in 2011 as well funding and developing its own programs. As the foundation has grown, it has spawned a dynamic movement in the Pacific Northwest, offering veterans real and tangible help, strength based and solution focused. In 2017, it delivered an innovative retreat program fostering “post traumatic growth” and will continue to develop that so more veterans from the PNW can participate.
The foundation offers connection for our military with monthly Veterans Huddles, currently planning its first wellness workshop to help them make peace with their past for a better future and strategically planning for the creation of the Northwest Passage, a comprehensive wellness veteran center. With the help from local community minded sponsors, events like Race For A Soldier, Prayer Breakfast, Pull For A Soldier and Swing For A Soldier demonstrate an “epidemic of hope” for our returning military.
Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors
All American Assistance Dogs
Operation Ward 57
Spikes K9 Fund
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. From its inception in 2011, Race For A Soldier and our other events have been embraced by the community, sponsors and media alike.
Please consider attending, sponsoring or volunteering at either of our upcoming events, or by making a one-time donation to the foundation.
In either case, thank you for your time and consideration.
Mosaic Choir and Orchestra Benefit Concert
May 19th, 2018
Gig Harbor, WA
This benefit performance by The Mosaic Choir and Orchestra on Armed Services Day is going to be an incredible tribute to our country and a tribute to the following Memorial Weekend!
Pull for A Soldier
June 7, 2018
Gig Harbor, WA
Our third annual Trap Shoot event!
The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation, with cooperation from Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club, presents this exciting event where Teams of five compete at Trap Shooting to see who can break the most targets!
Funds raised help support our Soldiers and their Families, and all shots and clay are included!
Swing For A Soldier
July 9th, 2018
Gig Harbor, WA
Come join us as we celebrate our fifth annual Swing For A Soldier Golf Tournament at an amazing new location – Canterwood Country Club! Enjoy a sun filled afternoon being a part of a foursome of civilians, veterans and military personnel competing for the cause: bringing awareness to and supporting families of our warriors with PTS and TBI.
Race For A Soldier
September 16th, 2018
Gig Harbor, WA
This will be our 8th year running the flagship event of our Foundation that started it all, the Race For A Soldier, and this year we are very excited to offer a 10-mile course along with the popular 5k Race.
The mission cannot be accomplished without the support of our community. Register now to race or volunteer to be apart of this memorable event for an even greater cause. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 16, 2018!
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Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year Read more about Please consider the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation on #GivingTuesday[…]
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — JFK On this Veterans Day, the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation is committed to elevating the lives of our Veterans and their families while pledging to live worthy of the 1% Read more about On this Veterans Day…[…]
Reflecting on that horrendous day of 9/11 at the Freedom Tower and memorial in New York is a somber experience and for thousands if not millions will always be stingingly painful. Many young men and women saw that day as a call to arms and signed up to protect our country and our way of Read more about Reflecting on 9/11[…]
Leaders, veterans and family members behind the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation want to change the post-traumatic stress discussion to an effort focused on post-traumatic growth. The foundation is launching a new program that cultivates and facilitates post-traumatic growth in warriors coming home from war. Their program will get a funding boost to fuel expansion Read more about Festival Helps Fund New Program For Soldiers Returning From War[…]
Celebrate the end of summer and increase support for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury at a Sept. 30 beer and music festival on the drag strip at Bremerton Motorsports Park. Tickets to Drafts & Drums on the Drag are now on sale. The event features three bands, eight local breweries Read more about Community, Classic Cars, Craft Beers and Bands Unite for Soldiers[…]
For the last 25 years, the Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues Festival has been held in Tacoma but this year it’s moving to Gig Harbor and we couldn’t be more excited!! The festival will take place at the Gig Harbor Sportsman Club on Saturday August 12th, 2017. All the proceeds of this event will go to Read more about The Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues Festival comes to Gig Harbor![…]
July 28, 2017 Military and Veteran VIP Day at Triggrcon The organizers of Triggrcon are inviting every veteran and military service member to be a Triggrcon VIP for the day on Friday, July 28, 2017, at the Tacoma Convention Center from 11:00 AM to 4:00PM. For VIP registration for the conference CLICK HERE. “We have Read more about Triggrcon Makes Every Veteran and Military Service Member a VIP for the Day[…]
RIDE FOR RELIEF To support National PTSD Awareness Day Saturday/ JUNE 24 8:00am NobleRush has organized a ride for Saturday June 24th to coincide with National PTSD Awareness day on June 27th. Registration will begin on the 24th at 8am at NobleRush of Auburn Motorcycle Store at 1611 West Valley Highway S in Auburn, WA. Read more about Ride for Relief[…]
The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation is proud to support Camp Patriot located in Northwest Montana!
Thank you for your courageous leadership, we are proud to partner with you! Camp Patriot offers outdoor recreational therapy programs to wounded and disabled veterans of all generations. Veterans attending Camp Patriot are empowered through their own unique abilities and professional coaching to conquer various outdoor programs.