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Let me give you all a number to think about for a minute, that number is 22.  Keep that number in mind and I will come back to it in a couple of minutes.

I do not know if you all realize or not but when these men and women, our brothers and sisters come from  deployments, they never fully come home.  No matter how strong they are mentally and physically, we all leave a piece of ourselves on the battlefield. A lot of us are forever haunted by the demons that the battlefield left us scarred with. Now back to that number 22… 22 veterans a day take their own lives when those demons get too strong.  22 veterans a day…think about that for a minute, that is over 8000 American Veterans year.  

Sometimes all we need is someone to talk to that truly understands what demons we are dealing with.  What better person for that is another veteran that is willing to stand there and fight those demons. 

 Myself, and my brother-n-law, who is also an Army vet started doing a jeep ride at least once a year for 4 or 5 days.  We turn the phones off, turn the radio up and just disconnect from the outside world and just ride.  We spend that time talking and just doing kind of a mental reset. We figured that if that mental reset works for us, why could not it do the same for other veterans. 

 And this is where Operation: Tears of the 22 was conceived.  We want to bring awareness and prevention of veteran suicide. 

We speak Vet

Vets talk to each other in our own special code. So when it comes to vets effectively talking to vets, who better than someone who may have actually been there.

Mental Resets

The world is demanding our every second of attention. So what better way to help each other than to get away from all the techno noise and be around nature. We have partnered with different outdoor groups to help our veterans mentally reset.

Raising Awareness

Our organization looks to help everyone who may not be aware of the constant battle that our veterans face.

By raising awareness and building a network. We will be successful in lowering the number of veteran suicides.

Vets Helping VETS

We are a group of Veterans from all branches of the US military and we are concerned for our brothers and sisters who are in pain and feeling as if there is nobody who they can talk to. We are building a net to try to catch those before they fall.

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