Jim Dolan joined the staff of IJF in the summer of 2016. He is responsible for assisting Veterans and their families access community resources, and for community partner development. He has been a member of IJF since its inception in 2012 as the Executive Director of the Laurus Foundation and the co-founder of the Healer Warrior Initiative.
The Laurus Foundation (www.laurusfoundation.org) began in 2008 with the mission to advance the lives of individuals with disabilities with a focus on finding modalities that center on the body’s remarkable ability to heal itself. Jim and Dr. Frank Yurasek, PhD, L.Ac. founded the Healer Warrior Initiative (www.healerwarrior.us), a self-healthcare training program teaching Veterans to take better care of themselves, their families, and other Veterans.
Jim serves on the board of scientific and professional advisers for The National Center for Emotional Wellness (formerly, The Institute for Traumatic Stress). He is also the chair of the IJF Behavioral Health Working Group’s Recreation and Wellness (RAW) subcommittee.
Jim also serves on the board for Growing Healthy Veterans, a Lake County, IL based non-profit dedicated to helping veterans heal through farming, gardening and agriculture; and, to introduce them to the concepts of locally grown, sustainable agriculture for themselves and their families and potential employment and career opportunities in the field.
Prior to his work with Veterans, Jim spent 20 years in the database business and applies this knowledge to build and access the many community assets and resources that military members, Veterans and their families need and deserve.
Jim has appeared on many radio stations around the country advocating for Veterans and their family members and educating the public about First Alternatives – proven, natural modalities that must be tried first to heal from the ravages of combat. Jim also appeared in the documentary, The Hidden Enemy: Inside Psychiatry’s Covert Agenda – this penetrating documentary featuring interviews with over 80 soldiers and experts is a blistering account of the history of over-medicating Veterans and military personnel for PTSD and TBI.