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Gold Star Families

Susan Velloza, mother of SPC Jake Velloza, and our director Russ

Susy Velloza, mother of SPC Jake Velloza, and our director Russ (then Captain Toll)

A Promise Made.

A Promise Kept.

Bob and Susy Velloza are the best friends I’ve ever had that I wish I never had to meet. Their son, Specialist Jake Velloza, and I served together In Iraq. On May 2nd, 2009 Jake was killed-in-action along with Specialist Jeremiah McCleery. I served as the Unit Representative. Alone with Jake, I pinned his last ribbons to his uniform and then promised him I would take care of his parents.

Colonel Desiree Soumoy, a native of Jake’s home county, volunteered to be the Casualty Assistance Officer to ensure the sacred duties were done right. That’s how we met. We both continued to carry out casualty operations over the next few years. Our experiences in performing those duties shaped our drive to honor our Fallen by doing all we can for their loved ones.

With the Vellozas and far too many other Gold Star Families, getting access to care for grief counseling and depression treatment was astonishingly difficult. The VA was created “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” There is no provision for parents, siblings, or spouses who later remarry.

I built Compassion Neuroscience to do right by people who deserve better. Here we understand duty. Here we keep our promises. This is Compassion Neuroscience’s promise to you:

We will provide treatment to the immediate family of our Nation’s Fallen for free, for life.

If you would like to support our mission, we rely on your tax-deductible donation.

How to Use Your Gold Star Benefits

Step 1


Contact Compassion Neuroscience and identify yourself as a Gold Star Family Member. We will help walk you through this 3 step process.

Gold Star Family Members may obtain a Survivor Identification Card through their branch’s survivor advocate program. This card establishes eligibility.

Gold Star Representatives
Army (210) 466-1173
Marine Corps (703) 784-9580
Navy (901) 874-0083
Air Force (703) 693-0683
Coast Guard (703) 872-6647

Step 2

Provider Referral

Schedule an appointment with your current provider to determine if TMS is appropriate for you.

Compassion Neuroscience will send your provider a referral.

Once we receive the completed referral back we can begin treatment.

Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants can prescribe TMS.

Step 3

Make Your Appointment

We will schedule your treatment series with priority.

Prior to your first visit we will review planned neuroimaging and the specific TMS protocol(s) involved with your custom treatment series.

Then it is our honor to help you heal.

Without charge.


They were our Family too.

Russ treating Susy Velloza, Compassion Neuroscience's first patient
Specialist Jake Velloza. Always remembered.