Our nation’s veterans are hurting.
Since the attacks on 9/11/2001, nearly 30,000 veterans have taken their own lives. That is four times higher than those who were killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
The military mindset of always being a “quiet professional”, the stigma surrounding mental health, and the fact that a post-traumatic stress (PTS) diagnosis could end their career, many veterans never reach out for help and choose to suffer in silence until it’s too late.
You want to do something about this, but what?
You care about our veterans, and you shouldn’t have to feel like all you can do is sit on the sidelines, and watch as the men and women, who served our country in combat, survive the war only to lose the fight at
their own hands.
As a former Army Green Beret, I felt the same way. I struggled internally with PTS for years because a mental health diagnosis would have compromised my security clearance and end my career as a U.S. defense contractor. It wasn’t until early 2020 that I sought help, which was primarily due to receiving a cancer diagnosis in 2019. I knew my head had to be right to fight this fight.
With whatever time I have left on this earth, I want to make a significant impact in my community by addressing veteran mental health, but I can’t do it alone. I need your help to end veteran suicide and the
stigma associated with seeking treatment.
My team and I are in the process of funding and filming a documentary, Brothers Keeper, which is geared towards ending the suicide epidemic in our veteran community. We’re doing this by sharing intimate parts of the lives of veterans who have battled their demons, and by highlighting thoroughly vetted veteran-based resources which are dedicating to saving lives.
Through the unfiltered stories of warriors who’ve already walked the treacherous miles of military transition, our goal is to give veterans permission to do one of the hardest things a warrior can do: break the silence and ask for help.
If you want to join us on the mission of ending veteran suicide, the ask is simple:
Rest assured that you contributed to helping our warriors stay in the fight 100% of the donations we receive will go directly towards producing and distributing Brothers Keeper, and, once the documentary is off the ground, we will be using all donations to stand up a nonprofit dedicated to pulling our veterans out of the darkness.
With your help, we can:
Encourage veterans to ask for help
Reduce veteran suicide
Destigmatize mental health treatment and diagnoses
Provide tried and true resources to our nation’s warriors
And continue supporting organizations that are truly committed to helping veterans heal
Brothers Keeper will remain incomplete
Veterans will continue struggling in silence
Life-saving resources will not reach those who need it the most
You no longer have to helplessly watch this suicide epidemic ravage our veteran population. Now there’s
something you can do to end it. Get beyond the sidelines and get our veterans back in the game. Help me in this fight to help those who fought for us.
De Oppresso Liber
US Special Forces, Entrepreneur
Chris Cathers is a former US Army Green Beret and CIA paramilitary Global Response Staff (GRS) contractor with 12 deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and North Africa.
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