About I Will Not Be #22
Our mission at I Will Not Be #22, Inc. is to eliminate veteran and military suicide through support, assistance, awareness, and education.
We strive to accomplish this mission by reminding Veterans that life is worth living and assisting them in areas that most often lead them to suicide.
I Will Not Be #22’s Board of Directors is comprised of five individuals from five very different backgrounds with one common goal: to eliminate Veteran and military suicide through support, education, assistance, and awareness. On October 13, 2015 we lost a dear friend to the demons of war. SSgt Mary Mai was a mother and wife that left behind a legacy far greater than she ever could have imagined. Her death inspired Brad Lambert, President to develop an application that would redirect depressive and suicidal thoughts to happier times in a person’s life. The five Board members rallied behind the idea and I Will Not Be #22 was created.
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I Will Not Be #22 was founded on the principle that within each of us is the will to fight for life. That will may get clouded by hardships, loss, fear, or depression, but it still exists inside each of us. Our vision is to eliminate Veteran and military suicide that results from the effects of military service. We strive to remind Veterans and service members that those stressors do not last. We aim to redirect their thoughts to more positive and joyful aspects of their lives. We do so by educating them on how to handle different life events, assisting them with finance, nutrition, employment, and education, simply reminding them of the joy of life (be it their children, pets, hobbies, etc), and spreading awareness that their life is worth fighting for.
Why we focus on #22:
We know the number of military suicides each day is likely higher than 22. The study wherein that number originated left out states including California and Texas, both which have dense military populations. However, with a mission that includes awareness, we want to capture the attention of everyone in an effort to eliminate this epidemic. The common number, 22, catches everyone’s attention and aids in our mission.
We also understand that each loss causes an immense effect in the respective worlds of each family. However, when news of suicide reaches loved ones, that is the last piece of information they will process that day. Regardless of “which number” suicide their loved one is, the day they had planned has ended, and at the end of each day we remember the 22. By reinforcing the idea of not being #22 we hope to prevent supporters from becoming any number of the 22.
Since our goal at I Will Not Be #22 is to eliminate Veteran and military suicide, we do not have a financial achievement threshold. However, we hope to provide $25,000 in assistance to eligible recipients by the end of 2021.
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