Strive Health and Veteran and First Responder Healthcare, (VFR), will be providing free confidential crisis counseling to those seeking help in dealing with the recent events affecting the transgender military community. Support will be available in person at Strive facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and via a hotline phone number: 888-224-7312.
The organizations, Strive and VFR, are forming a national network to provide trauma-informed treatment services for mental health and addiction issues. As family and veteran-owned companies, Strive and VFR provide specialized treatment programming specifically created for the veteran and active duty military communities.
Eric Frieman, CEO & Co-founder of Strive Health, and Eric Golnick, CEO of Veteran and First Responder Healthcare, released the following statement:
“We believe that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation deserve care, dignity and respect. Strive and VFR Healthcare will be providing free confidential counseling to anyone who is seeking help in dealing with the recent events affecting the transgender military community. Together, as a community, we are all stronger.”
Partnership with Outserve-SLDN
As part of their long-term support for the LGBT community, Strive and VFR Healthcare are in theprocess of partnering with OutServe-Service members Legal Defense Network (SLDN). OutServe-SLDN is a non-partisan, non-profit (501-c-3), legal services, watchdog, and policy organization that provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, the current ban on open authentic transgender service and those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination.
OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn stated:
“OutServe-SLDN is pleased that Strive and VFR Healthcare are providing free crisis counseling to those affected by the recent changes to policy for transgender service members. We are looking forward to our future partnership with them to provide mental health and substance use treatment to our community.”
For more information about the free support
program, please contact
If you feel you need immediate support, feel free to contact our crisis support hotline at
Our clinicians will be available to support you in any way possible. Please note that this is not a permanent hotline and will be available for the next 30 days only.
OutServe-SLDN is the association for actively serving LGBT military personnel and veterans. We are a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to bringing aboutfull LGBT equality to America’s military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of militarypersonnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. Since 1993, our in-house legal team has responded to more than 12,000 requests for assistance.
About Veteran and First Responder Healthcare
Veteran and First Responder Healthcare (VFR), is a veteran-owned and operated organization founded to provide trauma-informed treatment programs and services for service-members, veterans, first responders and their families suffering from substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health issues. We understand the unique and specific needs of veterans and first responders because we are veterans and first responders.
About Strive Health
Strive Health (Strive) was founded to become the premier provider of high-quality, cost-effective, outcomes-based outpatient addiction and behavioral health treatment in the United States. Strive programs and services are designed to provide high-quality, trauma-informed and client-centered outpatient treatment to help individuals in recovery maintain their life in the “real world” as they rebuild healthy, self-directed lives, reach their full potential, and achieve long-lasting outcomes. Strive is setting a new standard of care in the addiction treatment industry by redefining the continuum of care and providing the quality of care normally found in a higher-acuity treatment setting at a cost that is significantly lower. Further, Strive programs allow patients to recover through coordinated, collaborative treatment and recovery resources within the community, making reintegration into the “real world” a primary goal of treatment.