Right now, at this very moment, as you sit and read this, there is a Veteran that is contemplating taking his or her own life. For whatever reason, the demons that they face are winning. They feel that their only option to ease their pain is to end it all. Nowhere to turn, nowhere to go. They went. They fought. They returned. Now, although they may appear to be all in one piece due to the lack of visible physical scars, they fight a battle that is unseen. They wage a war against an enemy that continues to seemingly always have the upperhand. They suffer from guilt. They suffer from shame. They suffer from flashbacks. They suffer from sleepless nights. In the end, they suffer.
The cold hard facts are simple, folks. Our Veterans are killing themselves. Our nation’s heroes are killing themselves. To the tune of around 22 each day. These heroes that raised their right hand in a VOLUNTARY fashion to protect and defend us are killing themselves. We can change that statistic with the simplest of actions. It doesn’t involve donating money, it doesn’t involve any sort of physical pain or discomfort, and it doesn’t involve anything other than a simple act. It’s called the “Brother’s Keeper Initiative”, and it works. OATH, with the help of some very good friends and supporters, is challenging you. We are challenging you to join our “Brother’s Keeper Initiative” and the various other underlying facets. One of these facets is the “Keeper’s Call Movement”.
As part of the OATH #BrothersKeeper Initiative, we boldly proclaim “I Am My Brother’s Keeper”. You are saying to yourself, to our Veterans and to the world that you will not accept the status quo any longer. You will make every effort to break the trend that is plaguing us as we see story after story of these fine men and women taking their own lives. By embracing the #KeepersCall Movement, which falls under our #BrothersKeeper Initiative, you are taking the first step in going on the offensive to take our heroes back. They are being pulled in a direction that can and will lead to destruction, and we’re tired of it. We’re taking our heroes back. The “Keeper’s Call Movement” will be only one facet of our “Brother’s Keeper Initiative”, but it’s a facet that can and will have an immediate impact on our nation’s heroes. Pick up the phone. Call a Veteran. Arrange a lunch. Plan a hunting trip. Plan a camping trip. Tell them you care. Show them they matter. We all know a Veteran. If we don’t know a Veteran, I bet we know a friend that knows a Veteran. Get a Veteran’s contact information from a friend. Make an effort to show these guys and gals that they are a priority.Filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh discusses his new film ‘That Which I Love Destroys Me’ which looks closer at Veterans battling PTSD back home
Also falling beneath our “Brother’s Keeper Initiative” will be our “Veteran’s Keeper Program” that consists of trips where we will take select pairings of registered Veterans and their registered Keepers on outdoors excursions in order to strengthen that bond and that relationship in an effort to improve the quality of life for that Veteran. These #VeteransKeeper events can range from hunting trips, fishing trips, camping trips, barbecues, etc, and the event itself is only the medium by which huge dividends will be paid. The actual benefit comes from the increased awareness of all involved, the overall bond that is strengthened as a result of said event and a sincere element of completeness that cannot be attained on any other level.
A final tenant of the “Brother’s Keeper Initiative” will be our annual “Veteran’s Keeper Conference” where starting in 2017 we will round up these Veterans and their registered Keepers and rendezvous at a location / date to be determined in order to do nothing more than share testimonies, enjoy some good food, some good fellowship, some good speakers (folks from various VSOs that can and will provide resources to support these heroes) as we continue to strive to take our heroes back !
Please visit us on Facebook for more information. If you would like to support the Brother’s Keeper Initiative, you may do so one of two ways.
You can support online by using the PayPal link below. This PayPal link has an embedded code that will drive all funds donated to the Brother’s Keeper Initiative, so you can be certain that your money donated TO this cause is used FOR this cause. Once you donate online, you’ll receive an electronic receipt that can be used for your tax purposes.
If you’d like to donate by check, you can mail a check to the below address. In the memo section of the check, please write “Brother’s Keeper Initiative”, and we will mail you a donation receipt for your tax purposes.
27314 Piney Ranch Lane
Katy, TX 77494
At the end of the day, we have a great deal of support coming out in 2017 for these worthy heroes, but we cannot do it without the generosity of you and those like you. The support we provide is only half of the equation…you and your generosity are the other half.